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.

Information for Perspective Tenants

Information for Perspective Landlords

Other Information of Interest

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. MRPC is currently offering assistance to help individuals access the program.

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides:

  • Up to $30/month discount for broadband service; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

For more information, visit meramecregion.org/ACP.

SAFHR Program for Renters and Landlords

The Missouri SAFHR programs are assistance programs administered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission, funded by the federal government COVID stimulus packages.

For more information on this program, please visit https://www.mohousingresources.com/.


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
Housing Staff

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online Application – must have an email address to apply online

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.

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)