Missouri Housing Resources 

Locate Housing in Missouri

The Missouri Affordable Housing Locator is a service to help you find quality affordable rental housing in the state of Missouri.  This service lists properties that are visited periodically by the Missouri Housing Development Commission for quality purposes because they participate in state and federally funded programs.  Use this service to search for affordable rental housing and to help put you in contact with these properties. 

HUD gives funds directly to apartment owners, who lower the rents they charge low-income tenants.  You can find low-rent apartments for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and for families and individuals through HUD's low-rent apartment search.  

USDA subsidizes over 15,000 section 515 rural multi-family apartment complexes throughout the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.  Properties are classified as elderly or family and provide unit sizes from studio to 4-bedroom.  The properties are serviced by approved Management Agencies who provide required annual tenant certification processing for their residence.   

The FEMA Housing Portal is intended to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. 

SocialServe is an online service that lists affordable housing, rental housing, Section 8 Housing, accessible housing and for sale housing in the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

A Public Housing Authority (PHA) is responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing program.  They may also operate other types of housing programs.  To contact your local Housing Authority, visit HUD's listing of PHA's.  

Fair Housing

Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability is illegal by federal law.  If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint. 

There are several ways to file a complaint.  You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by phone, by mail, or online.  You may also file a fair housing complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights

Landlord/Tenant Law handbook

Legal Services of Missouri

Housing Resources by Category

Homelessness:  If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless help is available.  HUD, along with many other Federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless. Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance.  To locate a homeless emergency shelter in your area, please view the Homeless Shelter Directory.

Developmental Disabilities:  Missouri Home of Your Own (HOYO) Housing Resources links individuals with developmental disabilities with currently available, accessible and affordable housing in communities across Missouri.  The HOYO site has separate areas for locating for-rent and for-purchase properties. 

Domestic Violence:  Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) is a statewide membership coalition of organizations and individuals working to end violence against women and their children through direct services and social and systemic change.  MCADSV offers a member program services search to find housing and other resources. 

Mental Health:  The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) Housing works with all three of DMH's divisions to help link mental health services consumers to rental assistance through the Shelter Plus Care program.  They also make efforts to expand housing options for mental health services consumers in the state; assist in creating partnerships between housing developers and non-profit agencies in the development of affordable rental units statewide; and work to increase rental assistance and homeownership opportunities for mental health services consumers. 

Veterans:  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.  All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services.  VA offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits available to homeless Veterans. 

General Housing Resources

MortgageLoan.com is an online resource that provides consumer-focused news and information for consumers looking to buy or refinance a home.  MortgageLoan.com features an online guide to help persons of low-income gain an understanding of the options available to find affordable housing and getting a mortgage.   

U.S. Department of Energy has a PDF booklet that "provides consumers with home energy and money savings tips such as insulation, weatherization, heating, cooling, water heating, energy efficient windows, landscaping, lighting, and energy efficient appliances".

HUD Home Buying Guide