MRPC News Release

For immediate release
May 3, 2016

For more information, contact
Linda Hollandsworth at (573) 265-2993 or


“Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” workshop
planned May 19 in Owensville

St. James—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop May 19 on “Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” in Owensville.

The workshops will cover a Money Smart FDIC Financial Education curriculum on banking, and how to grocery shop using coupons.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at Owensville Senior Housing, 1009 Springfield Road, Owensville, in the Community Room, and will be presented by Tammy Rigsby and Savannah Vandegriffe of MRPC.

Workshops are offered at no cost to the participant. Please RSVP by calling Linda Hollandsworth at 573-265-4200 ext. 132.

Free training classes are a part of the MRPC and PHA's efforts to help prepare families who are first-time homebuyers for homeownership and make them aware of the resources available to assist with homeownership.

These partnerships are a part of MRPC's outreach efforts in partnership with senior citizen housing groups and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which assists with grant funds to renovate senior citizen housing complexes throughout the region.

            For more information on the homeownership program and workshop, contact Hollandsworth.

            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. A professional staff of 23, directed by the MRPC board, 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.

            MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County Public Housing Agency that provides rental assistance to over 700 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.

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