While the state of Missouri has not enacted any protections for renters, the 22nd Judicial Circuit (City of St. Louis) did suspend eviction proceedings in mid-March through July 22, 2020. Eviction filings in St. Louis declined precipitously in April, May and June before picking up again in July. Since early August, the execution of eviction orders in St. Louis City have been suspended until at least May 3, 2021. Execution of eviction orders has resumed in St. Louis County, as of April 5, 2021.
More detail on eviction protections in Missouri can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
CDC Order September 4 - June 30
* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.
Eviction filings in St. Louis were slightly above average in January and February of 2020, but began to fall in March.1 Filings in April, May, and June were significantly below average. Eviction filings increased by July but have remained below historical averages.2
St. Louis is made up of 305 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2
American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, or Other/None. In January and February 2020, eviction filings were concentrated in majority-Black neighborhoods. In March and April, eviction filings dropped steeply across all neighborhoods, though they have more recently increased slightly closer to historical averages.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in previous years. This allows us to see, for example, that filings in majority-Black neighborhoods were higher than average in the first two months of 2020.1