St. Louis County to Receive Millions for Rental and Utility Assistance

St. Louis County, MO (January 13, 2021) – Last night, County Executive Dr. Sam Page signed a bill into law that will allow St. Louis County to receive a federal grant estimated at $30 million for rental and utility assistance, providing critical help to residents during this pandemic.

On January 5, U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states and local governments with more than 200,000 residents.

Of that $25 billion, St. Louis County could receive up to $30 million to be used to help the County’s most vulnerable residents.

“Our priorities continue to be Health and Safety, Opportunity for All, and Good Government,” said County Executive Page. “We have already dedicated more than $173 million to offsetting the financial and social burdens caused by COVID-19 in St. Louis County. These additional funds will help stabilize families struggling to stay housed.”

To be eligible for this new federal program, households must meet the following criteria:

  • One or more members of the household qualify for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • At least one member of the household demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • The household income is at or below 80 percent of the area median.

At least 90 percent of awarded funds must be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears, and utilities. Remaining funds are available for housing stability services, including case management and other services intended to keep households stably housed.

St. Louis County expects funding within 30 days and the exact amount received will be determined by how many applications the federal government receives.

This grant builds on the $6.5 million to food security programs, $24.5 million in grants for small businesses, and $9.5 million in humanitarian relief funds St. Louis County provided through St. Louis County CARES through December 31, 2020.

Details regarding this rental assistance grant can be found at Treasury.gov/CARES.