Tell City Property Manager Receives Award from USDA Rural Development
INDIANAPOLIS, November 13, 2014 – USDA Rural Development is recognizing Mary Ann Howard as Indiana’s 2014 Site Manager of the Year for Elderly Housing for her successful management of the 32-unit Village Apartments of Tell City.
Tony Hernandez, USDA Rural Development Administrator, Rural Housing Service participated in yesterday’s ceremony in Indianapolis. Mr. Hernandez noted, “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.”
Rural Development administers a national loan portfolio of nearly 450,000 rural rental housing units. In partnership with private sector and nonprofit borrowers, the agency provides housing to very low- and low-income rural families, elderly residents, and farm workers. The site managers guarantee the success of our housing properties. They make sure that 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.
Each year Rural Development offices across the country choose the top site managers for Multi-Family Housing in their states.
Mary Ann Howard has established a reputation as an over achiever particularly when it comes to her tenants and managing the property during the past 15 years. She is noted for her high integrity, motivated leadership and compassion when working with and for the elderly residents. She is very involved and well known in her community. She best exemplifies the standards set for tenant satisfaction, curb appeal of the property, accurate and complete recordkeeping (with no incidents of noncompliance) and managerial actions that consistently go beyond the regular duties of the position.
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.