Washington DC, Jun 15, 2010 -- Contact: Weldon Freeman (202) 690-1384
USDA Under Secretary Honors National Housing Site Managers of the Year
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 – Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced today three recipients of the National Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year award. The awardees were selected for "exemplifying the standards set for tenant satisfaction with the site manager, curb appeal of the property, accurate and complete recordkeeping with no incidents of noncompliance, and action of the manager that consistently goes beyond the regular duties of the position."
"The Obama Administration is committed to bringing the necessary resources to rural America provide decent, affordable housing to those who need it. As we celebrate National Homeownership Month, USDA Rural Development is proud to recognize three outstanding housing managers for their outstanding work." Tonsager said. "Their performance has been instrumental in protecting the homes of residents and maintaining the quality of local apartment buildings that Rural Development helps fund. A strong Nation is made up of strong families. Safe, quality housing contributes greatly to rural Americans' quality of life, and these site managers and many more like them are an important part of that effort."
This year the awards are being presented to Christal Stidham (Indiana), Nancy Fargo (New York), and Tami Egeland (North Dakota) based upon their contributions to elderly and multi-family family housing.
In Indiana, Christal Stidham was nominated by Lori Martin, the Regional Property Manager of Village Management Company. Stidham is the site manager of 40 units at the Village Apartments of Scottsburg II in Scottsburg, Ind. Stidham went beyond the call of duty during a fire last May at the Village Apartments. She not only provided assistance at the scene, but also made sure that all tenants were safe before she left the scene.
Nancy Fargo is the site manager of Dalton Estates and Grandview Court in Carthage, N.Y. She was nominated by Sarah J. Millard, the Public Housing Manager of the West Carthage Housing Authority. Fargo was recognized for tenant satisfaction, and received high marks for her emphasis on tenant safety.
In North Dakota, Tami Egeland serves as the site manager for two properties, Villa De Remer (senior housing) and Grafton Living Center (family), in Grafton, N.D. Egeland played a vital role in maintaining the quality of life for the residents of these facilities, while promoting a sense of community through her outstanding customer-oriented service.
The awards were presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing in Arlington, Va. Each year staff in Rural Development offices across the country choose the top site managers for multi-family housing in their states. From that pool of finalists, a panel consisting of housing professionals from the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) and representatives from Rural Development selected the three national honorees. This year, there were 28 nominees representing 17 states.
USDA Rural Development administers a national loan portfolio of more than 450,000 rental housing units. In partnership with private sector and nonprofit borrowers, Rural Development provides housing to very low and low-income rural families, elderly citizens, and farm workers.
Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $138 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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