Eight counties | 36 cities | one region

a voluntary council of local governments
serving the missouri meramec area.

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
Email: pha@meramecregion.org
Housing Manager: Donald Keeney

Office Hours

Online Application – must have an email address to apply online

Due to COVID-19, applications are no longer taken in person. You may print the application from our website at https://www.meramecregion.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Application.pdf or pick up an application at the north entrance foyer at the MRPC office at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, Missouri  65559.

Paper applications will be received by U.S. Mail or dropped in the PHA drop box outside the south entrance at the MRPC office at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, Missouri  65559. If the application is incomplete, it will be mailed back to the applicant to complete and return. Applications will be placed on the waiting list, by the date the completed application is submitted. All adult household members must sign where indicated.

The Potosi field office is closed until further notice.

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)