The St. Louis Mediation Project is a free program helping tenants, homeowners, landlords, and lenders solve housing disputes in and out of court.
Our highly trained attorneys, law students, and housing counselors help:
Deal with potential evictions and foreclosures
Set up payment plans and share rental assistance information
Avoid large court costs, attorneys' fees, and sheriffs' fees
Save tenants and homeowners from having negative legal actions on their records
Our mediations are free, impartial, confidential, and voluntary.
Our mediations help provide solutions to difficult housing disputes.
Are you a tenant, landlord, homeowner, or lender facing eviction or foreclosure, or having another dispute?
Do you have questions about mediation?
“I was nervous at first during the mediation, because I’m like, 'Oh no, I don’t want everyone to know what’s going on.' But after speaking with the mediators, it was like talking to regular people, just letting them know what’s going on and [helping me solve my housing problem].”
The St. Louis Mediation Project provides trusted, trained mediators to help resolve housing disputes. Tenant-landlord or homeowner-lender mediations include the tenant or homeowner, a representative from the landlord or lender, and at least one trained mediator who helps the parties work out a solution. The mediators do not represent any of the parties. The mediators are there to help you find an agreement that works for your unique situation. Typically, the mediators gather basic information from the parties, set up a meeting, and work with you on the housing problems you are facing. During the mediation, you will have plenty of opportunity to share your experiences and any documents you would like to present. There is no requirement that you come to an agreement, but we work very hard to help you find a resolution. Any agreement you make will be in writing and will be signed by all the parties involved.
The entire process is voluntary, confidential, and free. Due to COVID-19, our mediations are conducted online through Zoom, and participants are able to sign documents electronically. If you are not familiar with Zoom, we will help you get set up.
Mediations in Court
Typically, we conduct mediations between landlords and tenants who are not represented by lawyers at the courthouse on the day of the scheduled hearing.
Due to COVID-19, these mediations are conducted by WebEx. The parties will enter a breakout room to conduct a mediation and then return to the judge when completed.
Computer resources are available for litigants at the Access to Justice Center on the first floor of the St. Louis County Courthouse, located at 106 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105, and at the Access to Justice Center at the new St. Louis County satellite court, 715 Northwest Plaza Dr., St. Ann, MO 63074.
Mediations in the Community
We also mediate before lawyers are involved and lawsuits are filed. We set up mediations between tenants and landlords or homeowners and lenders to try to resolve disputes and address issues without having to involve the courts or the eviction or foreclosure process.
These mediations can be very effective, save the parties legal costs, and prevent tenants and homeowners from having eviction or foreclosure actions on their records. Mediations also help reduce evictions and foreclosures, and stabilize housing.
Due to COVID-19, these mediations are conducted by Zoom. We schedule mediations in conjunction with tenants and landlords.
The St. Louis Mediation Project was featured on St. Louis on the Air. Listen to the segment and learn more about the mediation process.
Missouri's SAFHR program offers up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance - including up to 3 months of future rent - for families impacted by COVID-19 and who make at or below 80% of the area median income. For example, a family of 3 in St. Louis can make up to $61,150. You can look to see whether you're eligible using this online calculator.
The program is currently open only to renters and landlords, but mortgage assistance is on the way.
If you need help applying, watch the tutorial video below or consider contacting us.