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December 2019
In the News

New habitat development key to revitalizing Eastside: Opinion

by Kevin L. Smith

How to reduce crime, improve the quality of life and revitalize Wilmington’s Eastside is a

conundrum that has plagued the city for years.

With the public safety elements that accompany the presence of vacant and abandoned properties tossed in the mix, community policing seems an obvious and necessary component of the neighborhood revitalization solution.

Perhaps.

But in order to create lasting neighborhood revitalization, the missing piece to this

important puzzle is the creation of homeownership.

This is why Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County this month will begin construction on five new homes along Bennet Street on Wilmington’s Eastside.

The development we’ve named Amala Way is another opportunity for us to make the dream of affordable homeownership a reality for hard-working families. It puts us further down the road toward our long-term commitment to revitalizing and improving the quality of life for the people who live there.

Habitat has been working in this neighborhood for years and in June completed its four-unit, Hope Run development on the 900 block of Church Street. One of the homes was Habitat’s 250th, and all are now occupied by homeowners.

In the spring of 2020 we will be holding our annual Rock the Block program, where activities include home exterior beautification and neighborhood cleanup to engage the community to make their neighborhood better.

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