News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021473
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(APRIL 23, 2013) HOUSING IMPROVEMENTS COMING FOR NIXA AND OZARK
Nixa, MO, Apr 23, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today recognized two (2) housing partners. Ms. Dunning presented certificates to Christian County Rural Housing and Hamilton Properties Corporation as acknowledgement of their valued partnerships.

"The majority of us take housing for granted. We have a roof over our heads and a place to lay our bodies to sleep, but some individuals and families in our county do not have the same experience,” Dunning said. “Complexes, such as Nixa Heights, Nixa Apartments and Ozark Apartments, and housing partners, such as Christian County Rural Housing and Hamilton Properties Corporation, are assuring facilities are available in rural communities to respond to the need for decent, safe and affordable housing. Rural Development applauds their commitment and efforts."

The Missouri Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) awarded $782,000 in state and federal Section 42 Tax Credits to Hamilton Properties Corporation of Springfield, Mo. to perform rehabilitation of three housing complexes; Nixa Heights, Nixa Apartments and Ozark Apartments. The three complexes will be consolidated into a 76 unit entity which will be known as Stone Meadow Estates.

Rehabilitation will include energy efficiency upgrades, thereby reducing energy consumption and energy costs. The units will have new carpet and tile floors installed. Apartment occupants will have greater access to laundry facilities and cable. Playground equipment will be installed.

At the Nixa location, a new community room will be constructed. The community room will include management office space and computer and Internet access.

“One of the most important things we can do to help low-income families is provide affordable, quality housing. It’s the first step to getting them back on their feet,” said MO Senator Jay Wasson. “Our state and its citizens have gone through some hard times in recent years, which is why it’s always gratifying to see communities embrace efforts like these. These homes have been good for many families, and I’m grateful that with this project, they’ll be available for countless families in the future.”

Anyone seeking more information about Rural Development (RD) Multi-Family Housing Programs or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo or may contact the Springfield Area Office at (417) 831-5246 Extension 4.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD’s new interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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