Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant continues to be the main source of funding for the department. The Delaware State Housing Authority receives these funds on behalf of Sussex County, as we are a County that does not receive direct entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to HUD, the program’s objectives are to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low to moderate income. Funding may be used to update water/sewer facilities, demolition, rehabilitation, and assistance to nonprofit entities.
Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
Sussex County’s Community Development and Housing Department utilizes State’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program (HRLP) to provide 3% interest housing rehabilitation loans to qualified owner-occupants and to landlords who rent to low-income persons. This funding allows owners to repair their homes in order to bring the property up to State requirements and local housing codes. The Department also uses the funding to make a home handicapped-accessible.
There are qualifications for funding:
* As of November 15, 2013, the Delaware State Housing Authority has suspended the Housing Rehabilitation Program. No new applications will be accepted at this time.