Libby, MT, Dec 30, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Service in Montana has named Libby resident Deborah Frey as the Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year for Elderly Housing in 2011. Frey manages Treasure Manor Apartments, a senior living complex in Libby, Montana. Recognized at a ceremony earlier this year, Deborah Frey received a commemorative plaque thanking her for her commitment and dedication in the care of her tenants. Frey also represented Montana’s entry into a national U.S. Department of Agriculture competition.
USDA Rural Development is the prime financer of Treasure Manor, which provides stabilized rent for limited-income senior citizens of Lincoln County. The project was in declining shape in 2006 when owners brought Deborah in to manage the property and spearhead a marked turnaround in the overall quality of life for the residents. Even with relatively little property management experience, Frey brought the housing project into compliance with USDA regulations, and successfully applied for a rehabilitation loan that brought the property up to code for accessibility and safety. She attended training and received certifications that went above and beyond what was required by the USDA to ensure the tenants remain safe and content, and the property provides quality living at an affordable rate.
Matthew Jones, Montana State Director said “Deborah is a prime example of how our properties should be run. She is professional, well-organized, and detailed while providing a level of caring and understanding for her tenants that is unequaled in our USDA properties in Montana. We are proud to give her this recognition.”
A former Treasure Manor tenant who moved out-of-state sent a letter to Deborah and provided USDA a copy, saying “I have very much enjoyed living in the apartment and love the location. God has blessed me at Treasure Manor, especially with you as a wonderful manager. Your care and concern as well as attention to so many details here make this a truly wonderful place to live for any tenant. I will consider myself fortunate to have another apartment manager who serves their tenants as diligently and kindly as you have. Thank you for making this a real home.”
Montana has 143 properties across the state funded by USDA Rural Development’s Multi-Family Housing program. Units in these properties are rent-controlled and reserved for low and very-low income tenants. USDA provides rental assistance for over two-thousand Montana families in these properties.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 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 a portfolio of more than $160 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency's programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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