Housing Guide and Resources
- Resources for Finding Affordable Housing
- Recovery Support Housing
- Community Action Agencies
- Public Housing Agencies
- Centers for Independent Living
- Missouri Special Needs Trust Grants
- Other Housing Resources
Resources for Finding Affordable Housing
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.
- Affordable Housing Online (recommended especially for Section 8 availability information)
- MHDC Missouri Affordable Housing Locator
- 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.
Recovery Support Housing
One of the most critical needs of people in recovery from substance use disorders is housing support. The Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers is a statewide organization that has undertaken to provide greater access to and oversight of badly needed recovery support housing resources.
MCRSP is an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, and as such has adopted standards and an accreditation process to recognize recovery residences in Missouri that meet national standards for safety and standards of care.
MCRSP maintains a list of accredited recovery residences on its Web site.
Community Action Agencies
Missouri has 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 can help pay rent or energy bills, and many 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, contact your local CAA to see if they can help. For a list of Missouri's Community Action Agencies, click the link below.
Public Housing Agencies
Many cities and towns in Missouri have Public Housing Agencies (PHA's). These agencies administer federally funded 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 Housing CHoice Voucher Program, also commonly known as Section 8. If you cannot find affordable housing on your own, or wish to apply for Section 8 housing, your local Public Housing Agency may be able to help. Click the link below 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 Agency.
Centers for Independent Living
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 below for a complete list of the Missouri Centers for Independent Living.
Midwest Special Needs Trust
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.
Other Housing Resources
If you would like to have your housing organization's Web site listed in this section, please contact the Housing Unit.
- 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
- Missouri's Landlord-Tenant Law, published by the Office of the Missouri Attorney General
- Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)--links for finding rental assistance
- HUD Field Offices serving western and eastern Missouri (in Kansas City, KS, and St. Louis, MO)
- Housing Assistance Council