Housing Guide and Resources
Missouri Department of Mental Health Housing Team
- Resources for Finding Affordable Housing
- Oxford House
- Community Action Agencies
- Public Housing Authorities
- Centers for Independent Living
- Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Resources
- Missouri Special Needs Trust Grants
- Missouri's Guide to Housing Assistance Programs
- Other Housing Resources
Finding affordable rental housing used to be a matter of scanning newspaper classified advertisements. The World Wide Web has many new resources that make finding affordable housing much easier. Explore the links below to see what's available in your area.
- MHDC Missouri Affordable Housing Locator
- FEMA Housing Portal
- HUD Affordable Apartment Search
- USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Rentals
- Web search engine sites: visit your favorite search engine sites and try entering the name of your city or county plus "Missouri" and "property management." This will likely return many links to companies in your area that want to rent properties with a wide choice of prices.
- City of Springfield, Missouri, Affordable Housing Vacancy List: if you need affordable housing specifically within the city limits of Springfield, click the link above to access a list of affordable housing rental units that is updated weekly on Friday. The file also contains information on homes for purchase at affordable rates.
What is an Oxford House?
Oxford Houses are self-run, self-supportive recovery houses for persons in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Oxford Houses provide opportunities for every recovering individual to learn a clean and sober way of life--forever. Each House follows standardized operations developed through 33 years of Oxford House experience. There are three basic requirements for the group:
- It must be democratically self-run;
- It must be financially self-supported; and
- It must expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or drugs.
Individuals living in an Oxford House learn or relearn values, responsible behavior and develop long-term behavior to assure comfortable sobriety forever. Some individuals live in Oxford House a few months, others for many years. Together, these individuals develop each Oxford house into a place to learn comfortable sobriety without relapse.
As a general rule, a person who stays at an Oxford House for 18 months or more has about an 80% chance of staying clean and sober, as opposed to 20% at a 28-day treatment program with no aftercare.
How do you apply for membership?
Individuals are welcome to apply directly at the Oxford house of their choice. For a complete list of contacts for Missouri's Oxford Houses, please click this link. If there are no vacancies, the applicant may be placed on a waiting list or referred to another Oxford House in the area.
- Call the House and arrange for an interview.
- Show up for the interview on time.
- Complete the application and submit it to the house.
To be accepted, the applicant must receive a total of 80% of the House membership vote. Once accepted, the new member receives all the rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded to all members of Oxford House, worldwide.
How much does it cost?
Rent varies from House to House, but typically ranges between $250 to $375 per month. Deposits will vary and the conditions for deposit refunds are determined by each individual House. Rent includes all utilities, phone, cable and basic house supplies.
In Missouri there are 19 Community Action Agencies (CAA's), and every county in the state has at least one CAA office. Community Action Agencies are dedicated to fighting the causes as well as the effects of poverty. Many of them have help available at times during the year to help pay rent or energy bills. Many of them operate their own low-cost housing programs that include housing for people experiencing homelessness. Many more have money to use for home repairs that must be made in order to avoid having your home condemned. If you are in danger of losing your home, getting evicted, or having your power shut off, it is important to contact your local Community Action Agency to see if they can help you. To find your nearest CAA office, click the link in the heading above, scroll down the page until you see the Missouri map, and click on the county you live in.
Many cities and towns in Missouri have Public Housing Authorities (PHA's). These agencies are in charge of administering low-income housing in their towns or counties; some also own their own affordable rental properties to rent to area residents who cannot afford the normal rents in the area. Most PHA's also administer the federal rental voucher program usually known as "Section 8". If you are unable to find affordable housing on your own, or wish to apply for Section 8 housing, your local Public Housing Authority may be able to help you. Click on the link in the heading above to see a list of all the PHA's in Missouri. In some cases, your local Community Action Agency office will also be your Public Housing Authority.
The Centers for Independent Living (CIL's) are located throughout Missouri and help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in their daily lives through community-based support. Their activities include helping disabled people find housing appropriate to their needs. Click the link above for a complete list of the Missouri Centers for Independent Living.
If you own your own home but are in danger of losing it because you can't make your house payments, the following Web sites provide resources that may help you prevent foreclosure or lessen its impact on you financially.
The Web site of the Federal Reserve Bank's St. Louis office has foreclosure resources for the community, consumers and financial institutions, along with useful research and related publications.
The main Federal Reserve Board Web site has pages of comprehensive multi-agency information on foreclosure, including scam prevention tips, credit counseling resources, and foreclosure prevention.
Created by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, this is a toll-free hot-line providing homeowners information and counseling on how to avoid home foreclosure. The Foundation’s Web site states that the HOPE hotline has provided free advice and education to more than 145,000 homeowners since 2002 through a network of lenders and non-profits services dedicated to helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.
The Homeownership Preservation Foundation is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The site states that each HOPE counselor is certified either by the NFCC or the AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education).
HUD’s Web site has links to information and resources relating to a wide variety of foreclosure issues..
The Midwest Special Needs Trust is a Missouri 501(c)(3) established by state statute in 1989 to assist people with disabilities. Through its Charitable Trust, MSNT provides, on an ongoing basis, grants to cover a wide range of needs, many of which are housing-related. These can include grants for assistive technology such as the construction of wheelchair ramps. Applicants must be U.S. citizen Missouri residents and considered disabled by the Social Security Administration. Other eligibility requirements are here.
Click here for a one-page information sheet on MSNT's 2014 grant funds.
Click on the image above to download this publication in PDF format (if your computer doesn't have a PDF reader program, go to the bottom of this page and click the "Get Adobe Reader" icon). You can also contact the Housing Team to request a paper copy of this publication.
The Department of Mental Health participated in the production of this comprehensive guide to state and federal housing assistance resources. "Missouri's Guide to Housing Assistance Programs" includes information on rent subsidy programs, first-time home buyers programs and renovation assistance programs. It also has detailed contact information for dozens of agencies all over the state that provide housing assistance in a variety of forms.
If you would like to have your housing organization's Web site listed in this section, please contact the Housing Team.
- Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services--legal advice and representation for disabled persons
- Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation--information and assistance for disabled persons seeking home ownership
- Summary of Missouri Landlord-Tenant Laws, published by the Office of the Missouri Attorney General
- Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)--links to rental help and other housing resources in Missouri
- HUD Field Offices serving western and eastern Missouri (in Kansas City, KS, and St. Louis, MO)
- HUD Web page on rental help in Missouri
- Housing Assistance Council