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Release No.STELPRD4017052
ContactKelly Edwards715-340-1264
Honored for Extraordinary Efforts and Dedication in Meeting Residents’ Needs
Sparta, WI, Jun 26, 2012 --


Kelly Edwards, Public Information Coordinator

Cell: 715-340-1264 |


Honored for Extraordinary Efforts and Dedication in Meeting Residents’ Needs

SPARTA, WI – JUNE 26, 2012 - - - USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Director, Stan Gruszynski, announced the selection of Monroe County Housing Authority as recipient of USDA Rural Development’s Award of Excellence, recognizing their continued dedication to providing affordable housing to the residents of rural Wisconsin.

“It is our privilege to recognize Monroe County Housing Authority for their contribution to safe, attractive, affordable, housing in Monroe County,” said Gruszynski.  “As a result of their initiative and investment, they have enabled numerous individuals and families access to a place to call home. All Wisconsinites deserve to have access to safe, decent, affordable housing. Since 1949, USDA housing programs have played a vital role in ensuring that rural residents enjoy the same homeownership opportunities that are available to urban residents.”

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.

The Monroe County Housing Authority consists of 76 elderly and disabled designated units located in six communities throughout Monroe County; Sparta, Tomah, Warrens, Cashton, Wilton, and Oakdale.

The property has an impeccable history of providing quality housing at affordable rents to elderly residents. Theresa Burns-Gilbert has been the Executive Director, and manager, of this project for 24 years. She has a genuine commitment and dedication to improving the social and living conditions for the residents of Monroe County, and participates in several community committees that provide essential living assistance. In addition, four of the apartment sites served as a Monroe County Senior Nutrition site.

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 as we continue to help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.


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