News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012494
ContactRachelle Long(573) 876-9987
Sparta, MO, Sep 22, 2011 --

@@Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, visited the Sparta Senior Citizens Housing apartment complex on Thursday, September 22, 2011 to recognize current renovation underway at the senior citizen complex. Tom Humble, President of the not-for-profit Board of Directors for Sparta Senior Citizens Housing, Inc. was presented a certificate in recognition of the board’s participation in the Multi-Family Preservation and Revitalization Restructuring and Demonstration (MPR) program. The MPR program has provided loan funds in the amount of $333,505 and grant funds in the amount of $100,000 for planned renovations over the next five years.

The Sparta Senior Citizens Housing complex located at 436 Division Street is comprised of 20 one-bedroom apartments. The finished renovations include carpet and vinyl flooring; kitchen cabinets; windows; new heating and air conditioning systems; and the community building has been made accessible to persons with disabilities. More items are still under planned construction, such as, the grounds will be improved to accommodate water drainage and finished with new landscaping; new sidewalks and a new asphalt parking lot with other improvements. The MPR program allows for restructuring of selected existing rural rental housing loans; therefore, continuing to allow facilities to remain available and affordable to eligible residents for the next 20 years. This program will allow existing owners of Section 515 rural rental housing complexes sufficient resources to preserve their complexes.

Tom Humble, President of the Board of Directors said, “Without the help of USDA Rural Development and dedicated local board members who volunteer their time, the renovations to this senior citizen apartment complex would not have been possible. The complex is an asset to our rural community and it’s extremely important that we continue to improve and update the rental units for the benefit of the current residents now and in the future.”

“Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials including U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt plus U.S. Representative Billy Long for making available federal monies for funding affordable housing and other services for rural Missouri,” Dunning added. “This kind of assistance mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities.”

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