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$2.1 Million from the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund Will Support Wilmington Projects

Post Date:03/13/2017 4:15 PM

Mayor Mike Purzycki joined Governor John Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer today at Wilmington’s William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center for an announcement about the awarding of $5.5 million to support nine statewide projects from the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund.

$2.1 million of that amount will come to Wilmington agencies for housing rehabilitation projects that will rid the City of vacant and abandoned properties. $600,000 of that money is earmarked for the new Wilmington Land Bank, and $550,000 will support the work of the Wilmington Housing Partnership.

“The City of Wilmington is very grateful to receive this housing and neighborhood assistance funding,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We are appreciative to Governor Carney and the Delaware State Housing Authority for focusing on Wilmington’s ongoing efforts to reduce the crime and blight that affects some of our City neighborhoods,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We will use this money for a strategic and well-reasoned approach to reviving the enjoyment that come from neighborhood living.”

“These funds will directly help families, cities and towns across Delaware become stronger. When we put homes together, they become neighborhoods, safe places enriched by diversity where we collectively share in our cities’ growth and successes,” Governor Carney said. “When families step into houses, they become homes – residences of refuge, centers of companionship, locations of learning, and places of worship. Home is where we celebrate our accomplishments and draw upon strength and support to face our challenges.”

The second round of the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund, funded by bank settlement money, will lead to about 100 new or rehabilitated housing units in Wilmington, New Castle County, Dover, Milford and Laurel. The investment of $5.5 million will leverage an estimated $15 million in private or other funding sources.

“These projects will be helping families and individuals who need housing, while strengthening the neighborhoods in which they are located, revitalizing properties that have fallen into disrepair and bringing people back to live in them,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.

The housing projects chosen for funding in this round in the City of Wilmington are:

  • Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank, $645,000 to acquire blighted properties and remove them
  • Wilmington Housing Partnership, $205,000 for four new units and two rehabbed
  • Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, $550,000 for eight new units and three rehabbed units in Wilmington
  • Inter-Neighborhood Foundation, $200,000 for four rehabbed units in Wilmington
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, $550,000 for 10 new units and one rehabbed unit

"For many people their home is the largest investment they will ever have," New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer said.  "This program eliminates blight and makes the dream of homeownership a reality for more members of our community. New Castle County will use these funds to enable more than two dozen families to own a home and we believe that will help drive other positive impacts, including improvements in educational achievement and health outcomes and reduce neighborhood crime."

For more information about this news release, contact:

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Office of Mayor Michael S. Purzycki
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

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