Molly Metzger

Publication Date



Section 8 renters in the St. Louis area are highly segregated in poor neighborhoods. I recommend four local actions to increase housing choice for Section 8 renters: St. Louis City: Remove the special occupancy permit requirements for landlords who wish to rent through the Section 8 program. St. Louis City: Revise local fair housing ordinances to include Section 8 as an explicitly protected source of income. St. Louis County and Municipalities: Pass local fair housing ordinances to provide fair housing protections by source of income, explicitly including Section 8. State of Missouri and Missouri Housing Development Corporation: Provide greater transparency to the process by which Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding decisions are made.

Document Type

Policy Brief


Thriving Communities


Inclusive Housing

Original Citation

Metzger, M. W. (2014, November). Section 8 housing in the St. Louis region: Local opportunities to expanding housing choice (CSD Policy Brief No. 14-29). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.


economic resources, Greater St. Louis, homeownership, housing, income, Livable Lives, low income, North America, policy, policy design, poverty alleviation, race, social policy, tax credit, United States, urban