Sometimes families can negotiate a payment plan or other plans with landlords prior to eviction. Once court proceedings begin, this negotiation is less likely. In most case, landlords move forward with eviction once it has been filed in court or will require the tenant to also pay court and attorney fees since they are an incurred expense. Check MO Case Net to find out whether a court proceeding has begun.
If the landlord has provided written or verbal notice to vacate, and a court order has not been issued by the court to leave, the tenant can stay until the Landlord begins formal proceedings. However, this also carries a risk that official eviction will be a permanent part of the tenant's record and might prevent future rental.
Tenant Rights Violations
A "Rights as a Tenant" booklet can be picked up at Columbia Housing Authority or various other places in town. A tenant can also consult with Michael Carney at Mid-Missouri Legal Services if you believe rights have been violated.
Love, Inc. Transitional Homes (only 2 available)
Harbor House Shelter is the only shelter which allows families. Parents must go to the shelter to apply.
Rainbow House/Other Shelter: Can send the children to RBH, while adults seek other shelter.
The Crossing: Shelly Mayer manages their benevolence fund. They assist with past due amounts and new deposits.
Salvation Army has emergency funds.
St. Vincent de Paul favors families with children. Call M, W, F from 8:30-11. It works best for the school to call and refer. Client should call immediately afterward to request assistance.
Functional Zero Task Force: Meets monthly and helps provide housing for homeless (living in a shelter or area not meant for human habitation).