Wilmington Housing Partnership Kicks Off the East Side Rising Housing Initiative with a Bennett Street Groundbreaking

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wilmington Housing Partnership Kicks Off the East Side Rising
Housing Initiative with a Bennett Street Groundbreaking

Governor Markell, Mayor Williams, Council President Gregory, Council
Member Shabazz Congratulate WHP on Another Neighborhood
Achievement

The Wilmington Housing Partnership (WHP) today opened the East Side Rising home
ownership initiative with a groundbreaking ceremony for seven new homes to be built
in the 800 block of Bennett Street. Each home features three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths,
and rear garages. The project follows the WHP strategy of acquiring and demolishing
undersized homes and combining adjacent parcels so larger, more functional, modern
homes can be constructed, thus reducing neighborhood density.

Governor Jack Markell, Mayor Dennis Williams, Council President Theo Gregory and
District Council Member Hanifa Shabazz joined WHP Board and staff members for
today’s ceremony. The officials congratulated WHP and community representatives on
another neighborhood achievement which also celebrates 25 years of WHP efforts to
set new standards for housing while stabilizing City neighborhoods.

To confront numerous housing, economic development and crime challenges affecting
Wilmington’s East Side, the WHP, City of Wilmington, Central Baptist Community
Development Corporation (CBCDC) and JP Morgan Chase compiled a five to ten year
comprehensive East Side Neighborhood Investment Plan in 2013. The plan was
bolstered that same year when the community entities listed below joined the East
Side Rising initiative lead by the CBCDC:

EAST SIDE BLUEPRINT COMMUNITY DELAWARE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACTION
COUNCIL
INTER-NEIGHBORHOOD FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEW CASTLE COUNTY STEPPING STONES COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT
UNION

WHP Executive Director Steve Martin and Board Chair Rob Buccini said the WHP has
over 150 housing unit in its East Side inventory and is committed to acquiring other
vacant and abandoned properties that are damaging neighborhoods. They pointed to
the WHP funders as the chief reason why the agency is able to follow its mission to
increase the City’s affordable housing stock by promoting renovation and
rehabilitation of properties in select areas.

Financial Assistance for WHP projects has been provided by JP Morgan Chase, Bank of
America, Capital One, the City of Wilmington, Comenity Bank Delaware State Housing
Authority M&T Bank PNC Foundation and the Rockford Woodlawn Fund.

Construction of the new Bennett Street homes will begin immediately and should be
completed by July of 2016. The sale price of the homes is $139,900. For information
about purchasing a property, please call WHP Executive Director Steve Martin at
302.576.3004.

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