Housing Unit


Addressing Housing Needs During the COVID-19 Crisis 

DMH Housing is open for business during this time of pandemic and hardship. All staff are currently working remotely, and we're working on finding new ways for people to access our programs without endangering their health or that of the many people who collaborate with us. Currently the best way to contact the Housing Unit is by email at housing@dmh.mo.gov. If you have questions about our programs or need help accessing homeless assistance statewide, please contact us.

In particular, see these COVID-19 related resources:

The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) Program provides rent and utility assistance for households affected by COVID-19. The program provides assistance statewide except for the following jurisdictions, which will administer their own funds separately: Clay, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, and St. Louis Counties; and Kansas City and St. Louis City. Please click here for information about applying for assistance in those areas.

DHSS COVID-19 24 hour hotline: 877-435-8411

Stressed by COVID-19? Access these resources for your emotional health:  https://dmh.mo.gov/disaster-services/covid-19-information

Disaster Distress Helpline: 800/985-5990 or Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.


The mission of the Department of Mental Health's Housing Unit is to assist Missourians challenged by disabilities in obtaining and maintaining safe, decent and affordable housing options that best meet their individual and family needs. The DMH Housing Unit believes that housing is a key to helping Missourians with disabilities and their families attain self-determination and independent living.


All Missourians challenged by disabilities have housing options that are affordable and accessible, integrated into communities, and provide real choice.

What We Do

DMH Housing works to abolish homelessness in Missouri by collaborating with DMH's Division of Behavioral Health and Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide rental assistance to disabled homeless individuals and families and those at risk of homelessness. We also make efforts to expand housing options for all disabled persons in the state; and to assist in creating vital partnerships between housing developers and non-profit agencies in the development of affordable rental units statewide.

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