Important for area everyone is counted

    The 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington D.C. make their way back to the Meramec Region. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our county loses, on average, $1,300 in federal dollars per person every year. That adds up to $13,000 per person over the next 10 years. In 2010, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties population were undercounted by upwards of 30 percent.

    When every person is counted, we get our fair share of federal funding to pave our roads and rebuild bridges. Our health care programs and community health centers receive more funding to take care of our family, friends, and neighbors, and our schools get important funding to educate our children.
    The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA), provides rental and utility assistance to very low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Washington counties. Our funding comes from the U.S. Department of HUD, which is a federal agency. In 2019, our housing agency provided rental and utility assistance to an average 715 families each month in the Meramec Region. We performed over 1,200 health and safety home inspections region-wide to ensure that families were living in safe conditions. Less federal funding results in fewer families assisted, which could result in families living in unsafe conditions or being homeless. This is why we need everyone counted in the Meramec Region.  
    Let’s tell our neighbors about the importance of the 2020 Census. Be counted on April 1, 2020, because Missouri Counts!
Donald Keeney
Housing Manager
Phelps County PHA
St. James

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