The Phelps County Public Housing Agency announced its office is closed to the public in an effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

Phelps County Public Housing Agency staff are using extra precautions to reduce person-to-person contact for the foreseeable future, the agency said in a release on Tuesday. 

The agency will not accept walk-ins or unscheduled appointments, and encourages everyone to try to conduct business by phone, email, mail or fax.

Staff ask current tenants and landlords to call ahead to schedule an appointment, if absolutely necessary, at (573) 265-4200. All re-certifications will be done on time and will be completed by mail or email. Staff will be limiting one-on-one contact and will meet in person only as a last resort. 

New applicants may apply online at:  https://phelpsco.housingmanager.com or print off a paper application by going to the MRPC website at:  https://www.meramecregion.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Application.pdf. Paper applications can be picked up at MRPC, #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, both at the back door and front foyer.  

Completion of the application must be done off site. To request that a paper application be mailed, please call (573) 265-4200 or email pha@meramecregion.org. 

Completed paper applications can be dropped off at the drop box located in back of the building in our drop box or may be mailed to Phelps County PHA 4 Industrial Drive St. James, MO 65559.

The agency said staff will be completing inspections in a timely manner, however, they will be accomplished in a different manner. Landlords and tenants will be advised of the new procedures, if an inspection is needed.

The Potosi field office at the Washington County Library in Potosi is also closed until further notice. 

For more information, please call (573) 265-4200 or email pha@meramecregion.org. Additional information can also be found at https://www.meramecregion.org/mrpc-programs-and-services/phelps-county-pha/.