the edc is Administrator for Jefferson County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME formula grants
Jefferson County Entitlement Program
The Jefferson County Entitlement Program is a set of individual programs from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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.
CDBG Lead Brochure (Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home)
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.
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. ALL expenditures under this program must be for direct health and safety related housing issues and cannot under any circumstances be used for aesthetics’s (items that look bad but are still in a usable or operating condition).
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.
Public Sewer Tap-On Fee Program
This program is a one-time grant distribution equal to the current tap-on fee charged by the sewer district where the home is receiving new service from. Funds are available to single family, owner-occupied, low-to-moderate income residents that are at or below 80% of median income. 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. Individual sewer districts within Jefferson County do charge different amounts for this tap-on fee, therefore there is no set amount for this program. This program is not available for service received from a private sewer company, to rental or leased housing units or to third party requests.
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