USDA Officials Visit Deerwood
DEERWOOD — USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Deerwood Housing Incorporated Monday to recognize the nonprofit’s efforts to provide affordable multi-family housing for elderly and disabled populations. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.
“USDA strives to help rural communities provide low-income individuals and families with affordable housing,” Landkamer said. “Deerwood Housing, Inc.’s commitment to an increasingly aging population as well as disabled individuals is important to recognize and the reason for my visit today.”
Established in 1975, Deerwood Housing, Inc. sought to bring affordable housing for elderly and disabled populations in the City of Deerwood and surrounding communities. With the help of USDA Rural Development’s Section 515 Multi-Family Housing program, Deerwood Housing, Inc. built two 20-unit properties, Woodland Apartments and Indian Carry Apartments, both accepting disabled applicants and applications from individuals aged 62 years or older. Each facility offers several handicap accessible units and provides a number of amenities in the form of on-site laundry facilities, screened-in three season sitting areas, and access to public transportation.
Landkamer visited the properties Monday to recognize the efforts of Property Manager Barb Hoge and Deerwood Housing, Inc. board members to provide 40 elderly or disabled individuals and families with affordable housing.
After years of struggling with fluctuating vacancy rates, Hoge and board members have worked hard to increase awareness to local communities about applicant eligibility and affordability. Deerwood Housing, Inc. now boasts a 95 percent occupancy rate of both properties and are currently accepting applications.