The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) joined Preservation Management Inc. at Salmon Falls Estates today to present Richard Cote with the Site Manager of the Year award. Each year, USDA Rural Development recognizes the hard work and commitment of an exemplary site manager of a property participating in the Agency’s Multi-Family Housing Program.
“I want to thank Mr. Cote for the care and dedication that he has shown to Salmon Falls Estates and to all its tenants,” said Ted Brady, Vermont and New Hampshire Rural Development State Director. “Every day, property managers ensure the upkeep of multi-family housing complexes through acting as the owners’ eyes and ears on the ground and maintaining the quality of life for the Granite Staters who call Rural Development’s properties home.”
Cote has worked for Preservation Management as the site manager for Salmon Falls Estates since 2013. Bridget York, Preservation Management’s Regional Manager nominated Cote for USDA Rural Development’s award citing his care for the property’s needs, his dedication to responding to tenant requests, and his initiative in working with Rural Development and Community Action Partnership of Strafford County to bring summer meals to the children of Salmon Falls and the surrounding area.
Cote currently lives in Gilford with his wife of twenty years, Dori. Richard and Dori have one son. Prior to his work with Preservation Management, Cote worked around the state managing affordable housing properties and developing homelessness programs. York noted that his experience working closely with at risk populations has given him a special skill set that makes him a unique asset in his current position.
Salmon Falls Estates is a 32 unit family complex that provides affordable housing to very low, low, and moderate income families through USDA Rural Development’s Multi-Family Housing Program. This program supports the development and preservation of affordable multi-family rental housing for low-income, elderly or disabled individuals and families in rural areas. USDA Rural Development supports 2,649 affordable units in 87 properties across New Hampshire.
USDA, through its RD mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of $214 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 areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the New Hampshire Rural Development website (www.rd.usda.gov/nh) or contact USDA RD at (603) 223-6035.