In Delaware, homeowners in need are going to get some help.
The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) tells MHProNews that qualified homeowners in need of assistance to keep their homes livable can now apply for assistance from the new Statewide Emergency Repair Program.
Governor John Carney and the Housing Authority made a formal joint announcement this week.
“No one should live in a home with broken plumbing or a leaking roof. We can help our families in need by making their homes safe and healthy, which also strengthens our communities,” said Governor Carney.
“This is not a hand out, but a hand up by helping those in emergency situations. Public-private partnerships like this help leverage our resources to assist as many people as possible.”
The new program is being administered by the Milford Housing Development Corporation, which received a $600,000 award to streamline the application process. A portion of the funding will go toward assisting residents of manufactured housing.
DSHA had previously funded repairs through a number of partners, depending on jurisdiction, while the Statewide Emergency Response Program has a single point of contact and operates in all three counties.
The DSHA says that it conducted extensive research and received partner input to develop the program.
“Repairing roofs, fixing heating systems and solving accessibility issues are simple jobs that can be out of the reach of many people due to financial circumstances,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.
“We’re pleased to be able to help with that by partnering with the Milford Housing Development Corporation and its statewide network of nonprofits and agencies that is helping reach people in need.”
The Statewide Emergency Repair Program is designed to tackle emergency conditions that threaten the health and/or safety of eligible Delaware homeowners and members of their households.
Qualified applicants must own their home and have lived there for at least one year, and must meet income guidelines. Situations that qualify include immediate health or safety threats such as heating system repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, roof repair or replacement, or major structural repairs.
“We have been involved in emergency repairs for more than two decades, and know how important it is to make sure homes are kept in good condition,” said David Moore, president and CEO of the Milford Housing Development Corporation.
“Our goal is to help as many people as possible with true emergencies that threaten residents’ health or safety.”
Homeowners can apply to the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 302-491-4010 or toll-free at 844-413-0038. ##
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Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.