News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009687
ContactSherry Hughes(417) 967-2028 Ext 4
Fordland, MO, Apr 20, 2011 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA, Rural Development, presented a certificate to the Fordland Senior Citizens Housing on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 to recognize the dedication of the board of directors, site manager and maintenance man. Through their tremendous dedication and with outstanding community support, this 16 unit complex continues to provide very positive affordable living environment for the senior citizen residents of this rural community.

The complex consists of 16 one-bedroom apartments built in 1977 and has a community room with laundry facilities for all the tenants. A not-for-profit board of directors oversees the management and has an on-site manager and a maintenance person in place to assist the board in the day to day obligations of running a senior housing complex.

Board President, Bill Gdanitz explained, “Over the last couple years, the board has gradually begun to update the apartments and make some needed exterior improvements as funds have allowed. In 2009, the board installed new showers for each apartment. Next, grant funds were obtained to replace floor coverings. More grant funds were obtained and we have just finished replacing all the windows. Our board of directors has worked closely with the Fordland community to add to the enjoyment of our tenants.

The Fordland Family Clinic received grant funds, which they in turn used to construct raised gardens on the property. Our tenants really enjoyed growing their own vegetables! Our senior high school art department just completed a new sign for the property and an individual from our community donated a new flag pole and flag.

The board has future goals in place to continue with replacing exterior doors, replacing sinks, toilets, painting, and we are looking at new roofs in the next 5 to 6 years. Our board continues to meet the challenge of meeting every expense to benefit the complex and our tenants.”

“I commend the hard work and dedication of the board of directors to provide affordable housing for the local senior citizens of Fordland. The board of directors and staff are to be commended for their commitment to ensure safe, desirable and affordable rental housing for the senior citizens in Fordland,” said Dunning. “It is examples like this that exemplify the mission of the agency…Committed to the future of rural communities!”

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the homepage at or by contacting Sherry Hughes, Area Specialist, at 6726 S. Hwy 63 Suite B, Houston, MO 65483-2701 or by calling (417) 967-2028 extension 4 or by email to

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