Wilmington credits federal money with providing more housing opportunities

New federal dollars are coming to Wilmington aimed at providing more housing opportunities for those who are sometimes shutout of the process.

 

Housing remains a big part of plans and development in the City of Wilmington, particularly creating more housing opportunities for the homeless, people suffering from illnesses or disabilities and families with financial problems.

According to Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams this is possible thanks to Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

This year alone, Wilmington received $3.5 million federal dollars that was distributed to 21 community programs including the YWCA, Ingleside Senior Services, and Salvation Army’s Code Purple Shelters to support their work in helping a variety of local families.

“CDBG funding is a tremendous resource for our city, allowing us to support the wonderful work undertaken by nonprofits throughout our community to provide housing options for many of our citizens in need,” Williams said.

According to the City’s Department of Real Estate & Housing, federal funding has supported the city in its efforts to work with local nonprofit organizations for over 40 years.

“It’s a long, hard process, but there is nothing more satisfying than the feeling of knowing your time and expertise provided a family with stability; that a mom can now keep her job; and that everyone in the household can now make plans for their future,” said Real Estate & Housing Administrator Vaughn Watson.

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