NASHVILLE, TN., Jun 10, 2013 -- Providing a safe, healthy environment to raise a family or somewhere for our aging citizens to call home is a cornerstone to a solid community. USDA Rural Development (RD), in partnership with various management companies across the state, provides families and seniors places to live near other family members and community resources. The partnership provides a place for residents to call home.
The numerous apartment communities are managed by a small group of on-site individuals who take pride in their communities and consider each and every resident one of their own extended family members. Each year, RD identifies the site manager or managers who have set the standard for all other managers and awards them with a Site Manager of the Year title and certificate.
"A good manager guarantees the success of any apartment complex," said RD State Director Bobby Goode.. "Beyond managing day-to-day operations, the best managers, devote a great deal of their own time to provide tenants with a safe, affordable place to live and help them become a part of the community."
This year, three such managers have been chosen; Teresa Robinson, Sylvia Alexander and Lana Collingsworth were honored for their contributions.
Teresa Robinson, manager at Hidden Valley Apartments in Dayton, has spent the past 13 years caring for her tenants and ensuring they have the things the need to live comfortably. She has taken personal time to help them find furnishings for their homes as well as find affordable health care options and financial assistance while also helping them maintain an independent lifestyle.
Sylvia Alexander, manager at Ridgecrest Apartments in Bolivar, has been organizing activities for her tenants over the past 16 years. From Valentine’s Day parties to Thanksgiving celebrations, she ensures her tenants enjoy their time living in the community. The activities extend further than those living there; they are also designed to bring the families of the tenants to enjoy the celebrations.
Lana Collingsworth, 5 year manager at Mountain View Apartments in Jacksboro, continues to encourage community involvement with her tenants through dinner socials, movie nights, block parties and bingo nights. She has been recognized for her beautification efforts within her community and her tenants take pride in keeping their community visually appealing.
In partnership with private lenders and borrowers Rural Development provides financing for the purchase of, and improvements to affordable apartment complexes in rural areas of Tennessee. These developments meet the housing needs of families, senior citizens and the disabled. Rural Development’s rural rental housing program provides financing with interest rates as low as one-percent to developers who build or repair affordable multi-family rental housing to meet the demand for housing in rural communities.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.3 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Southeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Chattanooga at 423-756-2239 ext. 2, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1492, East Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at 865-523-3338 ext. 4, toll free at (800) 342-3149 ext. 1491, West Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Jackson at 731-668-2091, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1495 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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