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June 2022
In the News

The power of housing: How new homes on Wilmington’s East Side aim to improve the community

The red brick rowhomes along Bennett Street on Wilmington’s East Side stand regally, recently poured concrete steps leading to brightly colored doors.

Residents here have placed flower pots and other greenery next to their stoops, and Ring doorbell cameras hang beside black mailboxes drilled into the new brick.

Across the street, five new homes built with the same materials are nearing completion, though the wood beams that make up front porches have yet to be painted. Still, the fresh timber stands in stark contrast to the wood planks that board up dilapidated homes just blocks away.

These Habitat for Humanity houses are not traditionally what one thinks of when picturing Wilmington’s East Side. Yet they’re indicative of the type of affordable housing the city and New Castle County are increasingly trying to build – to both revitalize the area and tackle the affordable housing crisis in Delaware and across the nation.

[read more on Delaware Online]

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June 2022
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US Dept of Housing and Urban Development highlights launch of new initiative in Wilmington

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development visited Wilmington to highlight a new effort to boost the nation’s affordable housing supply.

The Our Way Home initiative focuses on housing supply successes in local communities, while connecting those communities to the resources needed to produce affordable housing.

HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman visited Amala Way II, a housing project in Wilmington that’s part of that initiative, to recognize efforts made in New Castle County.

Those efforts include work by Habitat for Humanity and Wilmington’s $50 million residential redevelopment and stabilization plan funded by ARPA dollars.

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County CEO Kevin Smith says it’s important to shed light on the urgent need for more housing.

“In Delaware we are short over 15,000 units of affordable housing,” Smith emphasized. “So it’s important that everyone understands the great urgency around this issue.”

[read more on Delaware Public Media]

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May 2022
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Creating healthier homes in New Castle

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) is joining with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County to launch a new pilot program aimed at keeping senior citizens in their homes, longer.

The Healthy Homes initiative was announced on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Rose Hill Community Center and aims at making minor repairs and improvements for the health and safety of seniors.

State Senator Darius Brown said the new program is focusing on the Route 9 corridor.

“It’s about improving the safety for seniors as they age in place in their homes especially those things that are outdoor,” said Brown. “That the weeds and the grass and the sidewalks are fixed, that they’re breathing clean air, and they’re able to have a vibrant and dynamic life along the Route 9 corridor.”

Director Melissa Smith said supporting residents in their goal of aging with health and independence in the community of their choice is a priority at DSAAPD.

“This partnership with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County is a critical step in supporting Delawareans to safely age in their homes and communities by offering much-needed minor home repairs to help make that happen,” said Smith.

[read more on WDEL]

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May 2022
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New partnership gives seniors help with home repair

Delaware Health and Social Services introduces a new pilot program that helps seniors along the Route 9 corridor in New Castle repair and upgrade their homes.

The Healthy Homes program will help older residents make minor repairs and improve safety and accessibility.

It’s a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County that addresses everything from mold, to yardwork or accessibility ramps.

State Rep. Franklin Cooke represents much of the Route 9 corridor. He said upgrades like this are key to help older Delawareans stay in their homes.

“They need help. Contractors sometimes take advantage of folks, especially those who are aged. This is a way we can get things done for our seniors,” Cooke said.

Cooke said the partnership with Habitat for Humanity ensures seniors get quality work done from trustworthy contractors.

[read more on Delaware Public Media]

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May 2022
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DHSS to Partner with Habitat for Humanity on Pilot Program for Minor Home Repairs for Older Delawareans

Healthy Homes Program Will Begin in Route 9 Corridor

NEW CASTLE (May 19, 2022) – During Older Americans Month, the Department of Health and Social Services’ (DHSS) Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) on Thursday announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County to support its Healthy Homes Program as a way to support older Delawareans to age safely in their own homes.

DSAAPD will provide funding to allow Habitat for Humanity to expand Healthy Homes to older Delawareans as part of a pilot in New Castle County. Healthy Homes addresses home health hazards in order to keep homes dry, clean, ventilated, pest-free, contaminant-free and maintained. The program helps low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.

The pilot, which will begin in the Route 9 Corridor just south of Wilmington, was announced Thursday during an event at the Rose Hill Community Center near New Castle. Officials said the pilot will help gauge the need for funding for similar services in central Delaware and Sussex County. A state senator who represents the pilot area was instrumental in bringing the possibility of such a partnership to Delaware.

“Our progress as a state can be measured by how we treat our most vulnerable residents,” said state Senator Darius Brown, D-Wilmington. “With 1 in 5 Delawareans over the age of 65, we have a responsibility to make sure the people who raised us, who provided for us and who worked hard to create a better world for us to inherit are well taken care of in their senior years,” he said. “I want to thank the Delaware Division of Aging and Habitat for Humanity for answering the call with a creative, community-focused partnership that will provide direct care to our most vulnerable seniors where they need it most – right in their own homes. I look forward to seeing older residents in the Route 9 Corridor get the helping hand they deserve, and I hope to see this program expanded to other deserving seniors elsewhere in our state very soon.”

[read more at Delaware.Gov]

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May 2022
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Statewide Healthy Homes Assessment

Introduction
New Castle County Habitat for Humanity (NCCHFH), Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity (CDHFH), and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) invite proposals to complete a statewide, data-driving housing needs assessment with an emphasis on health outcomes.

Background
Healthy, stable homes are the key to improved health, economic, and social outcomes. Unfortunately, environmental hazards in the home cause millions of preventable injuries and complications from disease each year. In Delaware, nearly 47,000 households have at least one severe housing problem. Substandard housing and poor indoor environment are linked to increased indoor allergen exposure and greater morbidity and mortality. Additionally, trip and fall hazards pose serious problems and are especially problematic for older residents. More than 26% of adults over the age of 65 reported falling in the past year. Approximately 1 in 5 of these falls caused serious injury resulting in restricted activity, loss of independence and premature death. These issues are especially prevalent in low-income and minority households.

The true extent of housing needs by community in the State of Delaware is unknown. Currently, all three Habitat for Humanity affiliates base housing needs assumptions on years of experience and community relationships and partnerships but are undocumented by a citable study. We believe we can build a stronger case for funders to support this important work with a citable needs assessment – increasing our capacity to complete healthy home repairs in the state.

[read more about our Healthy Homes Assessment here]

[click here for more information about the Healthy Homes Assessment]

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May 2022
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DBT announces 2022 CEO of the Year honorees

WILMINGTON — The Delaware Business Times is excited to announce the 2022 honorees of its second annual CEO of the Year program.

The awards program honors the efforts of Delaware’s top-ranking business leaders in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. The winners, chosen by an independent judging panel, will be honored at a July 14 charity golf outing, dinner and awards presentation at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark. Tickets are available here.

The Medium Nonprofit CEO of the Year honoree is Anthony DePrima, executive director of Dover-based Energize Delaware, which provides energy-efficiency grants, loans and training to low-income residents and organizations that serve the public. DePrima oversees millions of dollars that have been disseminated to residents and nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Senior Center, Kingswood Community Center, and more. DePrima is also a former city manager of Dover, and he currently serves on Capitol School District school board, as well as the boards of NCALL, the Dover Library Foundation and the Kent County Conservancy.

[read the full article here]

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