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ST. LOUIS – A Missouri program designed to distribute $300 million in federal rental assistance has so far spent just a fraction of those funds.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) told the Post-Dispatch four months after it began accepting applications that the state has only spent $12.4 million.

An additional $269 million is also on its way from the American Rescue Plan.

The agency is now enlisting the help of 13 social service agencies across the state to assist renters and landlords in applying for the money.

The State Assistance for Housing Relief funds were awarded to the state on January 12. The state passed the budget bill to allow spending for this program on February 11. The MHDC started taking applications on February 15, just two days after the program started.