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Millions more in rental assistance funds coming to Ozarks

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Millions of dollars in additional federal rental assistance funds are headed to the Ozarks by way of the Missouri Housing Development Commission and partnering nonprofits.

The MHDC is distributing $593 million in rent and utility assistance funds statewide, according to a news release. The funding comprises $324 million from the American Rescue Plan and $269 million from the American Recovery Plan.

“Keeping Missourians in their homes is our highest priority,” said Kip Stetzler, MHDC executive director, in the release. “The Missouri State Assistance for Housing Relief program provides money for rent and utilities for up to 12 months going back to April 2020 and for up to three months in the future. The money is paid directly to either the rental property owner or the utility company.”

In southern Missouri, the MHDC is partnering with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Legal Services of Southern Missouri and Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. to issue the funds.

The release did not detail how much of the funding would be directed to southern Missouri, and a spokesperson was unable to provide the amount by deadline.

Tenants and rental property owners can apply for funds at MOHousingResources.com.

The latest money comes after Greene County in January was selected for $8.8 million in funds to distribute through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Greene County exceeded $1 million in awards issued in early May, according to past reporting.

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