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New Castle County Council unanimously approved over $5 million for various affordable housing projects in Wilmington Tuesday night.
Habitat for Humanity will receive $200,000, the Ministry of Caring $150,000, and Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy $500,000 to assist with affordable housing development. Council also voted to give $3 million to developer Setting Properties Inc. and $1,352,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Sponsor of the resolutions Councilmember Penrose Hollins says many of these projects are in the City of Wilmington, and there’s a reason for that.
“I’m trying to get Wilmington to be more creative in creating homeownership programs that are not dependent on federal dollars,” Hollins says. “So the way I started in New Castle County because I recognized that we weren’t getting enough federal dollars to take care of the need. That’s why I created inclusionary zoning. That’s why I created a Housing Trust Fund.”