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serving the missouri meramec area.

Phelps County PHA

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a major federal government program, helping very low income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single family homes, manufactured homes, townhouses and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). MRPC receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program through Phelps County PHA. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Phelps County PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by Phelps County PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.


Phelps County PHA
4 Industrial Drive
St. James, MO 65559
Phone 573-265-4200
Fax: 573-265-3550
Housing Manager: Donald Keeney

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Applications Accepted

Online Application – must have an email address to apply online

Applications are accepted in person at the MRPC office in St. James, on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All adult household members must sign the application and all paperwork.

Applications are accepted at the Washington County Public Library basement, 235 E. High, Potosi, Missouri, on the second Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Other Regional PHAs

Rolla Housing Authority
John Morrissey
1440 Forum Drive
Rolla, MO  65401-2509
(Serves the city of Rolla)

Central Missouri Counties Human Dev. Corp.
Missy Frank
807-B Providence
Columbia, MO 65203
(Serves Osage County)

Missouri Ozarks Community Action, Inc.
Melinda Smith
P. O. Box 69, 309 South Pine
Richland, MO  65556
573-765-4509, ext. 180
(Serves Pulaski County)

East Missouri Action Agency
Nicky Thornton
P.O. Box 308
Park Hills, MO  64724
573-431-5391 (Option 2)
(Serves St. Francois County)

Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corp.
P.O. Box 920, #2 Merchant Dr.
Hillsboro, MO 63050-9903
636-789-2686, ext. 128 – Janna
(Serves Jefferson and Franklin Counties)