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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Budgeting and savings workshops planned

  • The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host two free workshops to discuss budgeting and savings and strategies for investing.


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  • The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host two free workshops to discuss budgeting and savings and strategies for investing.
    Workshops are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. March 29 at Autumn Age Homes, 100 Bernice, Bourbon, and from 12 to 1 p.m. March 29 in the community room of Village Apartments of Leasburg, 211 First Street, Leasburg.
    The workshops are offered at no cost, and registration is not required. Dawn Harmon, family self-sufficiency coordinator, of the Phelps County PHA will be the workshop presenter for Leasburg. Harmon will present “Pay Yourself First: Budgeting and Savings” and “10 Steps to Homeownership.”
    Linda Jaycox, assistant vice president of the Peoples Bank of Cuba, will present “Credit Security and Homeownership” in Bourbon.  
    Both Village Apartments of Leasburg and Autumn Age Homes have received grants in the past from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to renovate the senior citizen housing apartments. As a part of those grants, the Phelps County PHA and MRPC agreed to provide annual community outreach opportunities to residents on issues related to homeownership, renting and money management.
    The training classes are open to all and are a part of the MRPC and PHA’s efforts to help renters who want to be first-time buyers or families who are first-time homebuyers better prepare for homeownership and make them aware of the resources available to assist with homeownership.
    Persons needing more information may call Dawn Harmon at 573-265-4200 at extension 132.
    MRPC is an active, voluntary council of local governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. The 53-member volunteer board, made up of elected officials and appointed representatives, works to enhance the quality of life in the region. A professional staff assists member communities and counties in the areas of economic and community development, environmental planning, business loans, ordinance codification and housing. Since its formation some 42 years ago, MRPC has secured in excess of $40 million worth of grants to benefit specific cities and counties in the region. MRPC also provides administration of the Phelps County PHA, which offers rental assistance to very low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Washington counties, and Phelps County, outside the city of Rolla.
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