Platte City, MO, Mar 05, 2013 -- Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today recognized five (5) housing partners. Ms. Dunning presented certificates to the Platte Non Profit Senior Housing Association, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB), Wells Bank of Platte City, Platte City Properties and Missouri Rural Housing of Platte City as acknowledgement of their valued partnerships.
"Decent, safe and affordable housing is critical to maintaining rural communities. Without quality housing, communities experience a decline in population and with that decline comes the disappearance of business and other essential services,” Dunning said. “Rural Development is committed to assuring the housing stock in rural area is protected. Our partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank is longstanding and will continue because they understand, as we do, the importance of maintaining all types of housing for the benefit of rural residents and communities. The complexes recognized today are excellent examples of what can be accomplished with dedication and hard work."
Platte City Non Profit Senior Housing Association was the recipient of $207,000 FHLB grant for improvements at their 24-unit complex. Wells Bank of Platte City is a FHLB member and served as the intermediary for the grant funds. Improvements included the construction of additional parking area and the installation of new roofs, guttering and sidewalks.
Rita Rhoads, Platte Non Profit Senior Housing Association President, said, “The repairs took a total team effort coordinating the construction crews so as not to affect the normal day to day routine of the tenants. For this the board was truly appreciative.”
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves stated, "I’m pleased that these critical resources are being used to improve senior housing in Platte City. This kind of funding through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program is vital to Missouri’s interests, and I look forward to the project’s completion because it will provide much-needed help in modernizing this facility for its elderly residents."
Platte City Properties is a 24-unit family complex opened in 1987. The owner of the property, Mr. Jeff Smith, has undertaken numerous improvements in recent years including upgrading a unit for handicapped accessibility, installation of fire stops for stoves in the units and replacement of parking area concrete with the installation of handicapped accessible parking spaces and ramps.
Missouri Rural Housing of Platte City (Platte Landing) is a 24-unit complex owned and operated by MACO Management Company. The complex has 12 one bedroom and 12 two bedroom units. Installation of new roofs, sidewalks, entry pads and accessible stoops are major improvements completed at the complex.
“Congratulations to all of the Platte City complexes for improving their facilities and further bettering the community for our citizens,” said Missouri Senator Rob Schaaf.
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