Affordable Housing

The Plan – Affordable Housing Reforms

Our goal is that all conversations around housing center on the population with the greatest need. Housing is the key to many of the goals of our state, including health and mental health outcomes, workforce participation, and safe communities.

Empower Missouri recommends these long-term policy proposals to address housing affordability and homelessness:

  • Equitable use of tax credits and incentives to incentivize development for housing which is truly affordable in communities which need it
  • Protecting rights for Tenants, including expanded support in the private market
  • Support local zoning changes to allow for all our neighbors to live in the communities which they choose

Tenant Organizing is a cornerstone of our work for affordable housing, including our Springfield Housing Justice Fellowship, which launched in 2023.

We believe that housing is a Human Right. This means all of our neighbors deserve safe and affordable housing so they can live full lives. Affordable housing is key to reducing poverty across Missouri, improving health and mental health outcomes, increasing workforce participation, and building safer communities.

Key Stats

  • Missourians earning minimum wage have to work 54 hours per week in order to afford a one-bedroom rental home.
  • In Missouri, a full-time worker must earn $16.66 an hour in order to afford a two-bedroom rental home.
  • Over 122,000 households in Missouri are unable to secure affordable housing.
  • More than 70% of low income households pay too much for their housing.

Bill Tracker

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Coalition Membership

Join a dedicated group of advocates in the Affordable Housing Coalition.

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Join the Affordable Housing Coalition

The Affordable Housing Coalition (AHC) focuses on the question, ‘What will it take for every person in Missouri to have access to safe and affordable housing?’ We are a multi-sector team of dedicated advocates who understand the importance of stable housing on health, community, safety, and more. We support regional housing work as appropriate and expand that energy to the state and federal level, building momentum to address the housing shortage crisis at an appropriate level. We are driven to make sure every person in our state has access to safe and affordable housing. Our coalition focuses on those who are most vulnerable, especially those who earn less than 50% of their AMI (Area Median Income) or who rent. The AHC meets once monthly (twice during the legislative session) via Zoom. It is staffed by Vee Sanchez and Misha Smith. Use the form below to let us know that you’re interested in joining.