The Statewide Emergency Repair Program will be administered by the Milford Housing Development Corporation, which was awarded $600,000 by the Delaware State Housing Authority to streamline the application process, according to a release from the DSHA.
The Statewide Emergency Repair Program is designed to address emergency conditions threatening the health 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, non-functioning plumbing, hazardous electrical systems, leaking or failing roofs, and major structural repairs or urgent accessibility modifications. A portion of the funding will go toward assisting residents of manufactured housing or mobile homes.
During a Tuesday press conference to launch the program, Delaware Gov. John Carney said 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,” Carney said. “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.”
DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi echoed the governor’s sentiments at the press conference, saying he was pleased to be able to help Delawareans by partnering with the Milford Housing Development Corporation and its statewide network of nonprofits and agencies that is helping reach people in need.
“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,” he said.
David Moore, president and CEO of the Milford Housing Development Corporation, said the goal of the program is to help as many people as possible with true emergencies that threaten residents’ health or safety.
“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,” he said.
The DSHA, which works toward providing quality, affordable housing opportunities and appropriate supportive services to low- and moderate-income Delawareans, 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.
Homeowners can apply to the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 302-491-4010 or toll-free at 844-413-0038. Staff will work with applicants to determine if they qualify.