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Phelps County PHA’s annual plan open for comment, public hearing April 16

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Donald Keeney or Caitlin Jones

Comments due by April 17

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) will host a public hearing to accept comments on the PHA’s annual plan at 2:00 p.m. April 16 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The Phelps County PHA provides HUD Section 8 rental assistance to persons in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city of Rolla) and Washington counties. 

The plan is a comprehensive guide to PHA policies, programs, operations and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. The annual plan is submitted to HUD every year. 

The plan is available for review at MRPC/Phelps County PHA, beginning April 11 through April 16. Written comments will be accepted through April 17 and can be submitted to MRPC, attention Donald Keeney, Housing Program Manager. 

Persons needing more information should contact Kenney at 573-265-2993 or via email at dkeeney@meramecregion.org

Anyone needing special accommodations for the public hearing should contact Keeney at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing. 

MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County PHA that provides rental assistance to about 730 low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city limits of Rolla) and Washington counties. Vic Stratman, presiding commissioner of Maries county, chairs the PHA board. 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. Mary Heywood, representing individuals with disabilities, serves as chair of the board. A professional staff of 33 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.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.