USDA presents Award of Excellence to Knapp Housing Authority

KNAPP — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, announced the selection of Sunny Side Appartments as a recipient of Rural Development’s annual Award of Excellence, in recognition of their continued dedication to providing affordable housing to the residents of rural Wisconsin.

The Award of Excellence is presented each year during June, in conjunction with National Homeownership Month, to Multi-Family Housing property owners who continuously demonstrate their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing to the tenants they serve.

Carol Wetuski, USDA Ruarl Development Area Director presented the award to Knapp Housing Authority, who owns and  manages Sunny Side Apartments, at a recognition ceremony that took place June 25 in Knapp, Wis.

“We are honored to recognize Knapp Appartments and Knapp Housing Authority for providing such a valuable asset to their rural community,” said Gruszynski.  “As a result of their efforts, Sunny Side Appartments has enabled numerous individuals and families to acquire safe, decent, and affordable housing.  Having a dependable place to call home is an important investment and serves as a catalyst for strong, stable communities. USDA Rural Development is proud to present them with this well deserved award.”

Sunny Side Apartments is a 10 unit elderly and disabled housing facility that has an impeccable history of providing quality housing at affordable rents to the elderly residents of  Knapp, Wis. The facility is owned and managed by Knapp Housing Authority and the Village of Knapp. The property has recently completed rehabilitation improvements through the USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization program. Both Jeanette Myers and Verna McClelland, members of the Knapp Housing Authority Board, go above and beyond to guarantee the success of the facility, work to create a friendly and home-like atmosphere, and ensure the overall comfort of the tenants. The facility fills a need in the community.

Sunny Side Apartments is one of 480 complexes in USDA Rural Development’s Wisconsin portfolio.

USDA, its state and federal partners, members of the housing community, lenders and rural communities across the country celebrate National Homeownership Month to bring attention to the role housing plays in the economy. This year’s theme, “Own Your Future, Own Your Home” underscores housing’s importance to millions of rural residents. In 2013, USDA helped more than 170,000 rural residents become homeowners, investing more than $23.4 billion in loans, grants and technical assistance to provide affordable, safe housing for rural families.  In both, people served and dollars, 2013 was the most successful year in the history of USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Programs.

USDA Rural Development Rural Housing Programs offer a broad range of homeownership assistance available to individuals and families who wish to or currently live in rural areas, cities, and communities. These programs have the ultimate goal of providing affordable homeownership opportunities to rural Wisconsin residents. This past year USDA Rural Development invested more than $528 million throughout Wisconsin in the form of loans and grants,  providing rural residents with decent, safe and sanitary single or multi-family housing.

In addition to housing, USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, and education to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last year, the agency has assisted nearly 9,000 families and businesses in more than100 communities; investing more than $838 million into rural Wisconsin through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

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.