News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016782
ContactSarah Marquart530-792-5801
Davis, CA, Jun 13, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston announced Maria Ceja received the 2012 National Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year award yesterday at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Ceja represents AWI Management Corporation as Resident Manager at Bear Creek Housing Community in Planada, Calif. The awards were presented at a luncheon hosted by the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) at their annual meeting.

The National Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year award is presented each year to recognize outstanding apartment managers. Results are based upon both tenant satisfaction and actions of the manager that consistently go above and beyond what is required of the job.

"Apartment managers play a vital role in maintaining the quality of life for thousands of families by ensuring properties are safe, well maintained and meet the needs of rural residents." said Humiston. "Maria's service, dedication and caring for tenants exemplifies the spirit of USDA's Multi-Family Housing programs."

When Ceja began working at Bear Creek Housing Community in September 2010, she had two additional jobs that she maintained so that her husband could continue to pursue his education. Even with her busy schedule, she found time to assist the residents. For example, Ceja worked with the Mexican Consulate to help residents renew or issue passports, coordinated visits from Wells Fargo provide education checking and savings accounts, and invited Merced County to educate the families about the importance of mental health.

This year, 36 nominations representing 18 states were received and reviewed by a panel consisting of housing professionals from CARH and representatives from Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs as laid out by Congress through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, 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 an existing portfolio of more than $125 billion in loans and loan guarantees.


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