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Phelps County Public Housing Agency seeks landlords
ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency is seeking landlords for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8. The program assists low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities afford decent, safe and sanitary rental housing from private landlords.
Some of the benefits of accepting Housing Choice Vouchers include a large pool of potential tenants, guaranteed rental income, free advertising of available units, lower vacancies and unit oversight by qualified housing inspectors. Additionally, landlords are encouraged to interview prospective tenants and make the final decision on renting their units. Currently, there are 120 families with Housing Choice Vouchers in the Meramec Region searching for approved housing and another 376 families on the waiting list.
Landlords are needed in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Washington counties. Potential landlords can find additional information at www.meramecregion.org/mrpc-programs-and-services/phelps-county-pha/. Additional questions can be directed to Housing Manager Donald Keeney at 573-265-4200 ext. 128 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County Public Housing Agency that provides rental assistance to 725 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. Steve Vogt, representing the city of Belle, serves as MRPC chairman. A professional staff of 34, led by Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, 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.