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Delaware grants $1M to nonprofits to address homelessness

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DSHA provided $575,000 and FHLBank provided $500,000 to Delaware nonprofits that assist individuals experiencing homelessness. | PHOTO COURTESY OF ADOBE STOCK

DOVER – The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank) have granted $1.075 million to 10 Delaware nonprofits that assist individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.

The funding was awarded through the Home4Goods program, an initiative established in 2018 between DSHA and FHLBank aimed at homelessness prevention, homelessness diversion, rapid re-housing and innovation in addressing housing challenges. 

According to the 2022 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Delaware has 2,369 homeless individuals, 1,304 of which are families with children, and 154 unsheltered individuals. 

“We’re honored to be a part of this initiative and proud to support the organizations working to address homelessness through a multitude of different approaches,” DSHA Director Eugene R. Young, Jr., said in a press release. “From rapid re-housing to innovation, each program plays a valuable role in ensuring Delawareans have access to housing opportunities and support services.”

DSHA allocated $575,000 from the Housing Development Fund program, which offers loans to developers of Low-Income Tax Credit Housing projects. Developers are companies or services that provide new construction of affordable rental housing, maintenance of existing affordable rental housing, and repurposing nonresidential buildings for affordable rental housing. 

FHLBank provided $500,000 from its financial institutions members including Artisans’ Bank, Community Bank of Delaware, Del-One Federal Credit Union, along with 23 other national and local banks and credit unions. 

“Through the partnership with DSHA, FHLBank members provided $500,000 this year to 14 Delaware programs/projects,” FHLBank President and Chief Executive Officer Winthrop Watson said. “These combined funds are directed toward local service organizations helping those experiencing homelessness.”

Catholic Charities has been granted $150,000 for homelessness prevention to support the charity’s Basic Needs program that assists low-income individuals to secure housing and offer financial assistance, case management, and referrals to community services.  

“As society continues to recover from the Global pandemic, and cost of living continues to increase, so does the demand for services such as those provided through our Basic Needs program,” Basic Needs Senior Program Manager Porsha Harvey said. “Individuals interested in donating to Catholic Charities to expand the available services in our Basic Needs Program can do so by visiting our website ccwilm.org.” 

Brandywine Counseling and Community Services has received $120,000 for street outreach resources that offer direct connections to emergency housing and critical care and services. Director of Business Development Monica Alvarez said, “BCCS is committed to the street outreach work conducted through the Home4Good award. If nothing else, our Home4Good award has put a spotlight on how needed street outreach work is particularly in Kent and Sussex Counties. We are eager to continue serving this most vulnerable population.” 

Home4Good granted funding to the following organizations: 

Activity: Rapid Re-Housing
Family Promise of Northern New Castle County: $50,000
Ministry of Caring, Inc.: $50,000
People’s Place II, Inc.: $50,000
Salvation Army: $50,000
YWCA Delaware, Inc.: $50,000

Activity: Prevention
Catholic Charities: $150,000
Lutheran Community Services: $100,000
West End Neighborhood House: $100,000

Activity: Diversion
Ministry of Caring, Inc.: $40,000
YWCA Delaware, Inc.: $100,000

Activity: Street Outreach
Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, Inc.: $120,000

Activity: Innovation
The Way Home Innovation $25,000

Activity: Re-Entry
The Way Home: $50,000
West End Neighborhood House: $140,000

 

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