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USDA Recognizes Highland Manor Apartments Property Manager (Sue Walters) as 2013 Pennsylvania Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year


June 26, 2013


STEWARTSTOWN, June 26, 2013 –Today, USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams recognized Sue Walters, Property Manager for Highland Manor Apartments and Green Meadow Apartments, as the 2013 Pennsylvania Multi-Family Housing Site Manager of the Year. Ms. Walters was selected for the award for her service, dedication, and caring for tenants that exemplifies the spirit of the Department of Agriculture’s Multi-Family Housing Program.


Highland Manor Apartments, a 33 unit family property in Stewartstown, recently received a subsequent loan through USDA’s Multi-Family Preservation/Revitalization Program to complete major renovations to the facility.  The program ensures that resources are available to preserve rental projects that provide safe and affordable housing for very low, low or moderate income residents. Ms. Walters was instrumental in the process from the beginning and helped to make it a success. She described by her fellow employees as extremely patient, easy going, diligent, a team player, and an advocate for her tenants.


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 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 a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.


USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 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 sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


For information about Rural Development programs, contact the Pennsylvania Rural Development office at 717-237-2186 or visit the website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.