Scottsburg Property Manager Receives Award from USDA Rural Development
INDIANAPOLIS, November 13, 2014 – USDA Rural Development has announced Rita Scull has been chosen as Indiana’s 2014 Site Manager of the Year for Multi-Family Housing Properties, a component of USDA Rural Development’s Multi-Family Housing program. Scull is the property Manager of Village Apartments of Scottsburg I, a 32-unit family property.
Tony Hernandez, USDA Rural Development Administrator, Rural Housing Service participated in yesterday’s ceremony in Indianapolis. Mr. Hernandez stated, “The site managers guarantee the success of our housing complexes. They make sure the day-to-day operations go smoothly and they often invest a great deal of their own free time in providing tenants with a safe and cohesive community. Although these managers would do their jobs whether or not they received recognition, we believe that as lenders and program managers, we should reward excellent performance.”
USDA Rural Development administers a national loan portfolio of over 16,000 rural rental housing complexes. In partnership with private sector and nonprofit borrowers, RD house very low- and low-income rural families, elderly people, and farm workers. The site managers of the housing complexes are employees of private companies, not the U.S. Government.
A Site Manager of the Year sets a standard of excellence; excellence in tenant satisfaction, maintaining curb appeal of the project, accurate and complete record keeping, and generally, performing above and beyond normal expectations. Rita Scull has achieved this and much more. Rita takes on her challenge with a wonderful disposition and will tell you how much she loves her job. She started a crime watch program and has numerous residents participating in helping keep their homes and families safe from crime. They love to help plant flowers, mulch, picking up trash, and anything else to beautify their homes.
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.