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Delaware housing experts are working on a five-year plan to comply with an Obama-era fair housing rule.


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A New Castle County pilot program called REVAMP is providing a financial incentive to encourage the purchase of vacant homes.

Meghan George of the Newark Housing Authority says the waiting list for affordable housing in the city is long - exceeding 600.


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Wilmington city officials gathered Wednesday to watch a bulldozer bring down a section of Bennett Street on the city’s East Side.

The demolition on the 900 block of Bennett is part of the first phase of East Side Rising Housing Initiative to revive residential areas in Wilmington’s East Side that suffer from blight and crime.  

The neighborhood is city’s third district, represented by City Councilman Darius Brown. Brown hopes rebuilding parts of Bennett and Kirkwood Streets will reduce crime in the neighborhood.

Gov. Jack Markell’s weekly message focuses on the continuing work  that needs to be done to improve quality of life for veterans in Delaware.

Markell says his administration has made strides in helping vets find work. In 2009, the Department of Labor saw a 55 percent increase in positive employment outcomes for Delaware veterans, especially those who are disabled.

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New Castle County is funding a new no-interest loan program to help homebuyers make down payments on properties in distressed neighborhoods.

The county will be able to offer 50 to 100 of the $5,000 loans at a time. They're meant to be used in 20 census tracts from Glasgow to Newark with high levels of foreclosure, vacancy and declining home values.

 

The Christina School District tries again to get residents behind a referendum raising taxes to bolster its budget. We look at what district officials are doing to turn the tide in their favor with contributor Larry Nagengast. 

The housing market also heats up as spring turns to summer. Contributor Eileen Dallabrida checks in with local experts to see what the prospects are for buyers and sellers this year.

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On the real estate front, home sales are leaping with spring energy, although prices still have a long way to go to reach the levels before the housing downturn.

The Ministry of Caring in Wilmington has received a federal grant to support low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

The $790,298 grant given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will fund services administered at the Ministry of Caring’s House of Joseph II, a residence for men and women with HIV and AIDS. The house provides a number of services, including dental, nutritional, and end-of-life care.

Mark Poletunow, deputy director of the Ministry of Caring said that the grant goes a long way to help bring stability to the lives of people infected by the disease.

“Often with individuals who have HIV/AIDS, a lot of issues begin to go out of whack in their lives, like diet, medications, and even issues of having a stable, supportive environment," said Poletunow.

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