Champaign, IL, Jun 28, 2012 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248
Cell: (217) 871-3702
Manager of Village Apartments Receives National Recognition
Champaign, Ill., June 28, 2012—Alta Tarter, the manager of Village Apartments I & II in St. Joseph, Ill., was honored in Washington, D.C., on June 12 for her efforts to improve rural housing and help rural residents. She was selected the Manager of the Year for Housing for the Elderly from nominations submitted from across the country.
“We were honored to submit Alta as our nominee for Manager of the Year,” said Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan. “She not only ensures that Village Apartments are very well maintained and managed, she consistently goes above and beyond to provide a true home for everyone who lives there.”
Her nomination for the award included letters from Rural Development, the regional manager for Village Apartments, tenants and others. Tarter was instrumental in securing a Recovery Act-funded grant from Champaign County Regional Planning Commission which resulted in the complex getting energy-efficient windows, air conditioners, insulated doors and attic insulation. CCRPC Construction Specialist Michael Hunter said that Tartar’s help and expertise made the project trouble free for occupants, contractors and their staff.
Tenants spoke of the respectful way Tarter treats them and how she provides all the extras to make them feel “special.” They wrote about how she hosted a cook out, food and game nights in the community room, monthly pot lucks, and provided flower arrangements for all the tenants on Mother’s Day, a party to decorate for Christmas with cookies and entertainment by Daisy Girl Scouts, and a tour of area Christmas decorations in a limousine bus.
What motivates Tarter to manage Village Apartments I the way she does? She says, “I treat each tenant as I would want my parents treated if they lived in a community like this.”
Tarter was selected by a panel of representatives from the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing and the Rural Development national office. Rural Development administers a loan program for more than 10,712 rental housing units in Illinois and 450,000 nationally. In partnership with private-sector and non-profit borrowers, the Agency provides housing to senior residents, farm workers and low to very-low income rural families.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il.
Caption: Alta Tarter (left), manager of Village Apartments of St. Joseph I & II, was presented the award for national Manager of the Year for Housing for the Elderly by USDA Rural Housing Service Chief of Staff Cristina Chiappe in Washington, D.C.