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.

Mainstream and Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Voucher Directory

DMH Housing maintains a directory of Missouri Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that have Mainstream and Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) vouchers available. These housing vouchers are similar to Housing Choice Vouchers (also known as Section 8) but are specifically for households where the Head of Household is under the age of 62 and has a disability.

The directory will be updated whenever contact information changes or additional vouchers become available. On July 2, 2019, HUD published a Notice of Funding Available for an additional $150 million in Mainstream vouchers. HUD will give point preference in the competition to PHAs that agree to give preference to households with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings
  • At serious risk of institutionalization
  • Currently experiencing homelessness
  • Previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project
  • At risk of experiencing homelessness

Click the link below to view or download the directory:

Recovery Support Housing

Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers logo

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 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.

Community Action Agencies

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.

Public Housing Agencies

Missouri Centers for Independent Living

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.

Centers for Independent Living Website

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.