STEWARTSTOWN, Pa., April 25, 2011—USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams and York Area Development Corporation broke ground today for a renovation and new office building project at Highland Manor Apartments. The $888,195 USDA Rural Development loan is part of the Multi-Family Preservation/Revitalization Program and will provide funding to renovate the exterior of the 33 family units, provide additional laundry facilities and new office space for the complex. The original USDA Rural Development project loan was made in 1981 and provided funding to build the apartment complex that includes one, two, and three-bedroom apartments with project based Section 8 subsidies.
"By providing funding for multi-family housing projects, we are able to support the housing needs of lower-income rural Pennsylvania residents," said Thomas Williams, Pennsylvania State Director for Rural Development. “This program is an important part of achieving the Obama administration's goal of winning the future by out-building our global competitors.”
USDA Rural Development administers the Multi-Family Preservation/Revitalization Program, which has the purpose of ensuring that sufficient resources are available to preserve the rental project for the purpose of providing safe and affordable housing for very low-, low-, or moderate-income residents. Expectations are that properties participating in this program will be revitalized and the affordable use will be extended without displacing tenants because of increased rents.
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 approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. 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. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.