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Jefferson County Entitlement Program

The EDC serves as the Administrator for Jefferson County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME formula grants which are received on a yearly basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Jefferson County Entitlement Program is a set of individual programs that have been designed to address identified, priority, community needs as set forth by the citizen participation process during each five-year consolidated plan period.  These individual programs are for the benefit of residents falling within the HUD low-to-moderate income guidelines. 

Low-to-moderate income is defined as an individuals total income being at or below 80% of the County's Median Income.  For all programs offered through the EDC, an applicant household income, for the purposes of qualifying for acceptance, is determined by adding together the total income (not just taxable) for each individual residing within that household. The guidelines for the number of persons in that household are then applied and this total must be at or below the HUD income guidelines for that household size.  The current guidelines for 2017 are listed below.

 

Household Size

80% Median Income

1 $ 41,750
2 $ 47,700
3 $ 53,650
4 $ 59,600
5 $ 64,400
6 $ 69,150
7 $ 73,950
8 $ 78,700

 

The EDC understands that for many applicants there may be additional circumstances regarding income that are not addressed on our web site or in our individual applications, for that reason we urge all applicants to contact our office for assistance if there are any questions regarding qualifying and one of our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Current programs offered to individual homeowners through the Entitlement Program include the Home Owner Rehabilitation Program, The Private Sanitary Sewer System Replacement Program and the Public Sewer Tap-on Fee Program. Explanations of each of these programs and the corresponding printable applications are provided below for your convenience.  Additionally, an electronic version of our Program Guidebook is also available for printing.  Please contact our office if you would like a paper copy of any of these documents mailed to you. Our office number is (636) 797-5336 and our fax number is (636) 797-5080.  Missouri Relay services: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY/Voice Callers) or 1-800-520-7309 (TTY/Voice Spanish Callers). 

Click here for Program Guidebook 

 

Home Owner Rehabilitation Program:  

This program is a five-year forgivable loan of up to $15,000 and is available to low-to-moderate income residents that are at or below 80% of median income for the repair or replacement of direct health and safety related housing issues.

The purpose of this program is to assist home owners of single family residences who occupy their home with needed rehabilitation. Items that fall within qualified health and safety housing issues include, but are not limited to, the repair or complete replacement of broken windows, deteriorated siding, exterior doors, HVAC (including furnace), inadequate or leaking plumbing, electrical deficiencies, deteriorated roofing, guttering or other direct issues as identified and qualified by program staff.  Items that do not qualify include, but are not limited to, appliances (stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, garbage disposals, washer/dryer, water softeners or any other item that is normally considered an appliance), cabinets, light fixtures, counter tops, carpeting/flooring, non-essential entrances, driveways, decks, porches, outbuildings, garage doors/openers, landscaping/tie walls, waterproofing, erosion control, or foundation repairs.  ALL expenditures under this program must be for direct health and safety related housing issues and cannot under any circumstances be used for esthetic's (items that look bad but are still in a usable or operating condition).  The EDC understands that individual circumstances may vary by project and therefore we urge applicants to discuss requested repairs with staff prior to acceptance.

Click here for Home Owner Rehabilitation Application    

 

Private Sanitary Sewer System Replacement Program:

This program is a five-year forgivable loan of up to $20,000 and is available to low-to-moderate income residents that are at or below 80% of median income for the replacement of a failing private on-site sanitary sewer system (septic system).

The purpose of this program is to assist home owners of single family residences who occupy their home with the required replacement of an existing septic system that is deemed as in a failing condition in order to bring the home up to adequate housing standards as defined by the current Jefferson County Building Code.  Acceptance into this program includes all required engineer drawings, soil mythology testing, permits, physical installation and five years of routine maintenance to the new system. 

Click here for Private Sanitary Sewer Program Application   

 

Public Sewer Tap-On Fee Program: 

This program is a one-time grant distribution of up to $1,000 and is available to low-to-moderate income residents that are at or below 80% of median income for the payment of tap-on fees associated with the new connection of public sewer service to a home. This fee is paid directly to the public sewer district in which the home is receiving service from, it does not pay for costs associated with lateral lines or any other equipment that may be required in order to receive such public sewer service.  The EDC understands that the individual sewer districts within Jefferson County do charge different amounts for this tap-on fee.  If the district that you are connecting to charges less than $1,000, this program will be able to pay the entire amount on your behalf.  If the district charges more than $1,000, the maximum amount of $1,000 will be paid to the district but it will be the responsibility of the applicant to pay the remainder due to the sewer district.

Click here for Public Sewer Tap-on Fee Application   

 

Fair Housing in Jefferson County

Fair Housing is the right of individuals to obtain the housing of their choice, free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.  This right is assured by the Federal Fair Housing Act, as amended, and other legislation which makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, financing or insuring of housing. 

Jefferson County, as a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds strives to continually affirmatively further fair housing within our County.  This mission is to create equal housing opportunities for all persons living in America by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status. 

If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe that your rights have been violated, we encourage you to contact an authority for more information on your rights or to file a complaint. 

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: St. Louis FHEO Office, 1222 Spruce Street, Third Floor-Rm 3.100, St. Louis, MO 63103.  Phone: 314-418-5411  Fax: 314-418-5212  TTY 314-418-5219 or on the web at http://www.hud.gov/

  • The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council: 1027 South Vandeventer Avenue, 6th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63110.  Phone: 314-534-5800 or Toll Free: 800-555-3951  Fax: 314-534-2551  TDD MO 800-735-2966 TDD Ill 800-526-0844 or on the web at http://www.ehocstl.org/ 

  • Missouri Commission on Human Rights: P.O. Box 1129, Jefferson City, MO 65102.  Phone: 314-340-7590 or 573-751-3325  Toll Free:  877-781-4236  Relay MO 800-735-2966-TDD  800-735-2466-Voice or on the web at www.labor.mo.gov/mohumanrights

 

The following publications are posted for your information and public use:

  "Creating Accessible Communities" 

  "Know Your Rights-General"

  "Know Your Rights-Buying a Home"

  "Welcoming Immigrants"