News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017958
ContactEmily Cannon(207) 990-9175
Bangor, ME, Jul 25, 2012 --

@@A Portland man has been selected by USDA Rural Development as the 2012 Site Manager of the Year for Housing for the Elderly in Maine. With peers and board members present, Georges Budagu Makoko, Property Manager for Avesta Housing, was presented with the award during and Avesta Board Meeting on Friday July 13th.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “I am very pleased that USDA Rural Development has recognized such a hard working, caring and capable individual as Georges Budagu Makoko for his continued commitment to ensuring his tenants have quality housing. Georges has constantly gone above and beyond what is expected, and he is very deserving of this important recognition.”

Georges said of receiving the recognition “The work that we do is inspiring.  I am glad to be part of such a noble mission, helping thousands of people find a home that they can afford.”

Georges was raised in Rwanda and has lost many members of his family during the Rwandan genocide. Georges pursued his education as a means to improve his life. He graduated from the National University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences, Social Science and Management. After coming to the United States he committed himself to helping others, and achieves this daily in his role as property manager.

A leader among the property managers at Avesta, Georges cares deeply for the residents he serves at Village Square Apartments, as well as other properties within his portfolio.

In order to receive the award the following selection criteria must be met:

Tenant satisfaction with the manager is high

Property has good curb appeal on a continuous basis

Manager has no incidents of noncompliance and no unresolved findings

Manager consistently does more than what is expected

USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at

Avesta Housing is celebrating 40 years of providing and advocating for affordable housing. An award-winning agency, Avesta has grown to become the largest nonprofit developer in Northern New England and one of the country’s most innovative leaders in affordable housing. Avesta manages a portfolio of over 1,900 apartments in 31 Maine communities including Portland, Windham, Bridgton, Rockland and Kennebunk.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).