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Mayor Purzycki Shares News About The Wilmington Housing Authority’s New “Lights-On Campaign”

Post Date:02/27/2020 2:00 PM

A partnership with the Wilmington Police Dept. and other supporting entities seeks to increase public safety while providing energy-use education 

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today is pleased to share news about the launch of The Wilmington Housing Authority’s new “Lights-On Campaign,” which aims to increase public safety while also providing energy-use awareness and education. The Mayor thanks the WHA and all of its partners in this important campaign – the Wilmington Police Department, West End Neighborhood House, Energize Delaware, and The HELP Initiative, Inc.


Wilmington Housing Authority Participates in “Lights-On” Campaign in Partnership With Wilmington Police Department
Energy Efficient LED Lights coupled with Energy Education Intended to Reduce Criminal Activity and Energy Consumption
On Thursday, February 27th, The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA), in partnership with  the Wilmington Police Department, West End Neighborhood House, Energize Delaware and The HELP Initiative, Inc. kicked off the “Lights-On Campaign,” designed to increase public safety and provide energy-use awareness and education. The HELP Initiative, Inc. will administer, and program manage the collaborative effort to reduce concentrated areas of criminal activity and improve public safety by utilizing energy-efficient lighting measures. This campaign will also provide education and awareness about how to reduce energy burden in the home and provide a roadmap for improving the health and safety of its occupants.
The campaign is designed to provide residents in high-risk areas within the City of Wilmington with Dusk to Dawn Energy Efficient LED lights to their front porches. Studies have shown that improved lighting can reduce criminal activity by up to 21 percent, and similar campaigns previously launched in both Dover, DE and Milford, DE saw measurable success rates. The City of Dover Police Department crime statistics during this campaign’s period of performance demonstrated that concentrated areas of criminal activity were reduced in size and that Emergency 911 call volume increased for the targeted campaign areas.
The Wilmington Housing Authority will be working with The HELP Initiative, Inc. to ensure that these lights are outfitted in within their communities and that their residents are aware of and engaged in the program. The WHA will be reconfiguring outlets at some of their properties so that they are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs, providing The HELP Initiative, Inc with resident addresses as needed, and assisting with community engagement activities that promote the campaign.  
About The HELP Initiative, Inc.
The HELP Initiative Inc. is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Dover, Delaware, that specializes in energy efficiency programs and service offerings for statewide communities in need. 
About The Wilmington Housing Authority
As the largest direct provider of affordable housing opportunities in the State of Delaware, we’re committed to developing, providing, and managing safe, and affordable housing for low-income families in the city of Wilmington. Funded primarily by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, our mission is to provide well-maintained, decent, and safe housing in a professional, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner.



John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications, Mayor's Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

John Hill
Executive Director, The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA)
Mobile: (302) 429-6701, x1022


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