The Delaware State Housing Authority on July 11 announced 17 communities and scattered sites will receive funds from the state's Community Development Block Grant Program and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. More than $2.85 million will be divided amongst the municipalities of Kent and Sussex Counties for housing rehabilitation, water/sewer hookups, demolition, a planning study, street repair, curb/sidewalk installation, and administration to benefit low- to moderate-income families and individuals.
DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi commented, "The Community Development Block Grant Program focuses its funding and makes significant quality of life improvements in housing and neighborhood infrastructure in Central and Southern Delaware. By combining an additional $1 million in HOME funds with these efforts, we create a bigger impact that benefits more communities as a whole."
Recommendations for funding were made by an independent review panel whose members evaluate each application's potential benefit to low-income persons, the management capacity of the applicant and the cost-benefit of the proposed activities, including the severity of need, impact, cost reasonableness, and feasibility.
In addition to various sites countywide, these areas will receive funding in Kent County: Harrington, Leipsic, Milford, Smyrna, Hartly, Holly Hills MHP, Pinewood Acres MHP, Rodney Village/Kent Acres, Star Hill/Brian Park, and other areas.
Kent and Sussex Counties received a combined total of $200,000 to administer the block grant
funds. The Community Development Block Grant Program will assist more than 225 families this year. Additionally, the HOME Scattered Sites Rehabilitation Program will help more than 60 families in need of housing rehabilitation.
To learn more about these programs, call Andy Lorenz at (302) 739-4263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.