Missouri establishes emergency rental arrears program (ERAP)

The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) has announced the launch of the Missouri Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP). The program is intended to provide relief to property owners and tenants impacted by COVID-19 and prevent eviction of tenants for non-payment of rent. It will use funds provided by the federal pandemic relief law enacted in December.

ERAP will offer assistance in the form of a one-time payment for up to six (6) months of past-due rent dating back to April 1, 2020, directly to landlords on behalf of qualified tenants.  In exchange for this payment, landlords must agree not to file for eviction for non-payment for 120 days from the date of application submission as well as waive all fees and outstanding rent up to the date of application submission.  Tenant households must be below 50% of the Area Median Income at the time of application.

Applications must be submitted by landlords who will work with tenants to provide required information.  For more information on this program, go to:

https://www.mohousingresources.com/erap

Landlords will apply through an online application portal that will open January 4, 2021 at:
https://mhdcapply.smapply.org/prog/missouri_emergency_rental_arrears_program_erap/

For eligibility information, go to:

https://www.mohousingresources.com/erap-eligibility

Note that one of the eligibility requirements for landlords is that the landlord must not have a pending eviction case against the tenant in which the landlord is requesting rental arrears.