CHOICE Neighborhood Grant

The Wilmington Housing Authority is narrowing its focus when it comes to revitalizing the Southside neighborhood between Castle and Martin Streets. This comprehensive initiative to attract mixed-income residents, municipal services, and resources such as educational and athletic facilities would be far more feasible with help from a ninety-million-dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

In gearing up to apply for a ninety-million-dollar grant to revitalize a huge swath of the city, the Wilmington Housing Authority made a loud plea for citizen involvement. And it’s now being answered. Nearly one hundred people—from public housing residents to local business leaders—are volunteering to serve on sub-committees dedicated to making Wilmington’s application as competitive as it can be.

Wilmington's Hillcrest Community is a medium-sized public development. / WHA

The Wilmington Housing Authority is moving full-speed toward its goal of getting a thirty-million-dollar federal grant to revitalize Hillcrest—and it’s seeking public input. If awarded a competitive Choice Neighborhood Grant, the Authority will be working with the community to improve not only the public housing project, but the city spanning Third to Fifteenth, and Castle to Martin streets.

If the Wilmington Housing Authority is to receive a thirty-million-dollar federal CHOICE Neighborhoods Grant to revitalize Hillcrest, they’ll be charged with infrastructure and education improvements to improve not only the housing development--but the surrounding city. To make this happen, they’ll need help from a wide range of community partners. As WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, the Housing Authority is hoping to secure these partnerships by appealing to investors’ sense of social equity.