I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. This year has been trying for us all. I want to take a moment to acknowledge those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, I would like to acknowledge all of those who are fighting for equal rights. We stand by you and will continue our work to provide a more equitable future for those affected by systemic racism.
Throughout the year, we have been able to shine bright spots in the community. In the first half of the Fiscal Year, four homeowners made settlement at a project we call Hope Run. In December, we broke ground on an upcoming project called Amala Way. At the Groundbreaking Ceremony, the City of Wilmington announced that we would be taking over an unfinished project across the street, comprised of seven framed townhomes. This acquisition increases our Amala Way project from five townhomes to twelve, allowing us to provide twelve decent, affordable homeownership opportunities to twelve hard-working, cost-burdened families.
In the last half of this year, four additional homeowners have gone to settlement. Over the summer, we held physically distanced home dedication ceremonies for these homeowners. In addition, we broke ground on our latest affordable homeownership opportunity in Middletown. Through our critical home repair program, we preserved homeownership for over 20 low-income families. We also hosted the most successful “Rock the Block” event to date, addressing the critical needs of over 150 community residents.
Despite the challenges of this year, we have persevered. We look forward to shining more bright spots in 2020/2021. Together, we build homes, communities, and hope. Thank you for your commitment to Habitat and for helping us ensure everyone has a decent place to live.