Washington, D.C., Jun 14, 2012 -- In honor of National Homeownership Month, Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development, Dallas Tonsager announced the selection of Cuba City Apartments as recipient of USDA Rural Development’s Award of Excellence, recognizing their continued dedication to providing affordable housing to the residents of rural Wisconsin.
“Housing drives rural economies and supports healthy rural communities,” said Lori Wells Rural Development Administrative Director for Wisconsin while presenting the award earlier today on behalf of Under Secretary Tonsager. “About 50 million Americans call rural areas home, and safe, decent, affordable housing is a basic human need in rural America. USDA Rural Development’s housing programs do more than provide a place for families to live. They stimulate economic activity through single-family home construction, rental assistance for those who need it, and funding for eligible very-low-income homeowners to enable them to keep their dwellings in good repair.”
Since 2009, the Award of Excellence is presented each year during June, in conjunction with National Homeownership Month, to Multi-Family Housing property owners and managers who continuously demonstrate their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing to the tenants they serve.
Cuba City Apartments is a 36 unit elderly facility, consisting of two buildings. The property has an impeccable history of providing quality housing at affordable rents for more than 37 years. In addition, the facility is continuously undergoing updates to increase curb appeal and to provide a home like atmosphere to the tenants.
The complex has a community room for the enjoyment of both tenants and visitors and a county shuttle bus that stops weekly to transport tenants to Platteville where local shopping, doctor appointments, and various services are available.
Cuba City Apartments is funded entirely by a Rural Development loan, and utilizes both HUD and Rural Development subsidies.
USDA Rural Development currently provides financing for 450 multi-family housing projects in rural Wisconsin. These facilities provide rural Wisconsinites with access to more than 7,000 apartments.
Apartment complexes play an important role in the sustainability of rural communities. They allow residents to continue to live in their home community, many times close to family and friends, and provide a great opportunity for young adults to build up equity so they can someday become homeowners.
This year, USDA is commemorating the 150th anniversary founding of the “Peoples Department.” In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then, USDA has helped support the tremendous growth and success of American agriculture, drive economic growth, conserved natural resources and build stronger communities and a stronger nation. As we celebrate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America. We will continue to help provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world.
During the past year, USDA Rural Development helped a record number of Wisconsinites receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Wisconsin helped create or retain more than 2,000 jobs; aided 2,900 families in buying their own homes; and assisted more than 200 communities in improving community facilities and upgrading local infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has invested over $558 million throughout rural Wisconsin last year to improve rural housing, infrastructure, community facilities, businesses and renewable energy. To learn more about Rural Development, visit our website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.
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