Phelps County PHA announces temporary operating procedures

    As of March 23, 2020, the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) office is closed to the public. In an effort to reduce Covid-19 exposure, PHA staff are using extra precautions to reduce person-to-person contact for the foreseeable future. Until further notice, walk-ins or unscheduled appointments will not be accepted. The PHA encourages everyone to try to conduct business by phone, email, mail, or fax to the extent possible.


    Current tenants and landlords are asked to call ahead to schedule an appointment, if absolutely necessary, at 573-265-4200. All re-certifications will be done on time and will be completed by mail or email. Staff will be limiting one-on-one contact and will meet in person only as a last resort.
    New applicants may apply online at:  https://phelpsco.housingmanager.com or print off a paper application by going to the MRPC website at:  https://www.meramecregion.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Application.pdf. Paper applications can be picked up at MRPC, #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, both at the back door and front foyer.  Completion of the application must be done off site.
    To request that a paper application be mailed to you, please call 573-265-4200 or email pha@meramec region.org. Completed paper applications can be dropped off at the drop box located in back of the building in our drop box or may be mailed to Phelps County PHA 4 Industrial Drive St. James, MO 65559.
    Staff will be completing inspections in a timely manner, however, they will be accomplished in a different manner. Landlords and tenants will be advised of the new procedures, if an inspection is needed.
The Potosi field office at the Washington County Library in Potosi is closed until further notice.
    For more information, please call 573-265-4200 or email pha@meramec region.org. Additional information can also be found at https://www.meramecregion.org/mrpc-programs-and-services/phelps-county-pha/.
    MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County Public Housing Agency that provides rental assistance to over 750 low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city limits of Rolla) and Washington counties.
    The PHA also offers the Family Self-Sufficiency Program where clients develop a goal-oriented, five-year plan that moves them toward self-sufficiency and independence from government programs.
    Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board.
    A professional staff of 34 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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