St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evictions to Resume in St. Louis County on April 5, 2021
Nearly $30 Million Available in Federal Assistance for Low- and Middle-Income Renters
CLAYTON, MO – March 31, 2021 – Evictions in St. Louis County will resume as planned on April 5, 2021.
Nearly 600 eviction orders in the County have been on hold during the past 12 months due to local court orders based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services. Both agencies declared that evictions during the pandemic created a health crisis, and that it was not in the interest of public health to displace people from their homes.
In response to a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in the community, an increase in vaccinations (including employees of the Sheriff’s Department, which carries out evictions for the Court), and the availability of federal stimulus funds, St. Louis County Presiding Judge Michael D. Burton issued an Administrative Order on March 23 to allow evictions to resume. Judge Burton has engaged with tenant and landlord representatives throughout the pandemic. Last week, evictions began of tenants involved in drug-related criminal activity on their rental property and for leased property rented for commercial purposes.
On March 29, the CDC extended its national eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. The
moratorium had been set to expire on March 31, 2021. According to the CDC, tenants must fill out its eviction protection declaration to see if they qualify for rental and utility assistance, and present it to their landlords. (See below.)
St. Louis County has been awarded nearly $30 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide back rent and temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a loss of income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, faced significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To obtain assistance from ERAP, landlords and tenants can click on this link: https://stlouisco.onlinepha.com
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