State home repair program wins national recognition

The Statewide Emergency Repair Program, which supports urgent home improvement projects, has won national recognition from the National Council of State Housing Agencies with a 2017 Annual Award for Program Excellence.

The state program assists in cases where a home repair issue presents immediate health or safety threats, such as plumping, electrical and roof repairs.

“We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our partners and the many Delawareans that this home repair work has helped,” said Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi. “Simple repair work on leaky roofs, heating systems and electrical work can be out of reach for many, and we are pleased to be able to help homeowners remain in their homes.”

The authority this year launched the Statewide Emergency Response Program to serve as a single point of contact for home repair assistance. The program has helped 85 families with about $338,000 in emergency home repairs since March.

“We are pleased that this program had a strong start and has already helped many families with essential, emergency home repairs,” said David Moore, president and CEO of the Milford Housing Development Corporation. “MHDC has been involved in home repair work for 25 years, and brings that experience to bear helping others with this new statewide program. We appreciate the recognition and look forward to continuing our partnership with DSHA.”

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