If you’re looking for a rental home, you already know this

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Delaware’s rental vacancy rate has fallen to the third lowest in the country, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data.  The vacancy rate indicates the percentage of year-round rental units that are unoccupied at the end of each quarter.  According to the Census Bureau, only 2.6% of Delaware’s year-round rental units were vacant at the end of June.  Only …

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Delaware’s affordable housing crisis affects middle class, too

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Getty Images Evidence continues to pile up that Delaware is struggling to provide affordable housing: Data released Thursday by Housing Alliance Delaware says the state faces a shortage of more than 18,000 affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters.  Also Thursday, Delaware State Housing Authority announced that eligible Delaware renters can now receive up to 18 months of …

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Renter, landlord advocates disagree over solutions to eviction crisis

Charles Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Lawmakers and advocates say a new Delaware Supreme Court rule that allows tenants to be represented by non-lawyer advocates in eviction proceedings will create parity with landlords and mitigate some of the most harmful effects of housing insecurity. Opponents, including the Delaware Apartment Association, the non-profit group that represents the interests of multi-family rental unit landlords, say efforts and money …

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Housing Authority: No federal money had to be returned by Oct. 4

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

  As of August, the state Housing Authority had only allocated10.3% of cash it was given to help Delaware renters. Photy by Photomix/Pexels   It’s unclear how much the Delaware State Housing Authority has spent of the nearly $300 million it has received for rental assistance. While some officials had feared that updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury would require …


Ben Addi leaving cabinet for DSU; Eugene Young picked to replace him

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Anas Ben Addi The director of the Delaware State Housing Authority is quitting Gov. John Carney’s cabinet to become the new chief financial officer at Delaware State University. Carney plans to nominate Eugene Young Jr., now president and CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, to replace him. Anas Ben Addi, the state’s high-ranking Muslim civil servant, has served as …

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State ‘Kiss your landlord goodbye’ program helps Milford woman buy house

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  Darlene Simmons owned her own home prior to her husband’s death in 2016. Circumstances required her to sell that home and begin renting, something she knew she didn’t want to do for long. “I made an appointment with Delaware State Housing Authority to talk to them about what they had available, but I cancelled the first one,” Simmons said. …