November 2, 2018

Danette Albers Receives the Elmer D. Whitepipe Award of Excellence

(L to R) Danette Albers, Elmer D. Whitepipe Award of Excellence recipient and Tasha Jones, Director of Rental Housing Management for SDHDA (L to R) Danette Albers, Elmer D. Whitepipe Award of Excellence recipient and Tasha Jones, Director of Rental Housing Management for SDHDA

PIERRE, S.D. (10/30/18) – South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s (SDHDA) annual housing conference included the recognition of an individual for their commitmentto affordable rental housing in South Dakota. Danette Albers, property manager with Costello Property Management, received the award at SDHDA’s award luncheon.

Albers was honored for her outstanding dedication and commitment to affordable rental housing in South Dakota.  She has been in the housing industry for 25 years, working with tax credit and HOME- financed properties.  

“Danette’s dedicated commitment to the housing profession and the people she serves is exactly the type of individual we strive to recognize for the Elmer D. Whitepipe Award of Excellence,” said Executive Director Mark Lauseng. “She excels in all areas of her work and frequently goes out of her way to help others. She is truly an expert in the rental housing field and we are proud to honor Danette for her consistent efforts to help others access and maintain affordable housing.”

Each year, SDHDA recognizes individuals and/or companies who are instrumental in providing affordable rental housing in the asset management or compliance industry in South Dakota and who exemplify the thoughtful, caring and friendly character of the award’s namesake. Annually, SDHDA accepts nominations for the award and announces the recipient at the annual housing conference.

About the Elmer D. Whitepipe Award of Excellence

Elmer D. Whitepipe (Buzz, as he was commonly known) helped formulate the South Dakota Housing Development Authority in 1973 and served on its initial Board of Commissioners from 1974 through 1976.  He became a Housing Management Specialist on the SDHDA staff in December of 1976 and was instrumental in the creation of the rental housing division at SDHDA where he worked for 29 years.  Throughout those years, Elmer had a remarkable impact on the housing industry in South Dakota. SDHDA feels it is important to recognize those who go above and beyond the call of duty, who exemplify an extraordinary work ethic, care deeply about the people served, or who live day in and day out as everyday heroes so that SDHDA can carry on with the legacy that Elmer left behind.

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About South Dakota Housing Development Authority

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income South Dakotans.  SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity that uses no State tax dollars to fund its operating budget.  SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs that provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention and rental assistance.

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