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DSHA’s Eviction Defense, COVID-19 Rental Assistance, and Homes for Grads Programs Win National AwardsDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DNREC Opens Brandywine Zoo Madagascar ExhibitDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Secretary of State Bullock Sends Diwali Greetings and Well WishesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Deadline Set For Applying To DE Relief Grant ProgramDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC Issues Croda NOV for Air Quality Permit ViolationsDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Joins the ALL-IN Foster Adoption ChallengeDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Public Health Officials Confirm First Flu Case of the 2020-2021 SeasonDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC to Break Ground on Killens Pond Elevated WalkwayDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Veterans Day 2020Date Posted: November 10, 2020
More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily DebrisDate Posted: November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 10, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Collect Toys as Holiday Gifts for Delaware ChildrenDate Posted: November 10, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 9, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 6, 2020: Delaware Sees Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Since Height of PandemicDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint VentureDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Reminder: FY 2022 Budget Hearings To Be Held Virtually Nov 9 – 20Date Posted: November 6, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Second Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Nominations to Key Administration PostsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Some Southern Delaware, Maryland Beaches Cleared of Oily Debris, Tar BallsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Del. Museums Sponsor Three Virtual-Programs During NovemberDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Delaware Emitirá Beneficios de Emergencia Para Octubre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on passing of Elaine and Wayne ManloveDate Posted: November 3, 2020
November 03, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Child and Adult Care Food Program offers meal reimbursementDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Unified Command for Delaware Coastal Oil Spill Assesses Cleanup Effort and Smaller Remaining Tar Balls on BeachesDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing Sites Date Posted: November 1, 2020
Enrollment Open For Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: November 1, 2020
URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!Date Posted: October 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 30, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period 30 Days for Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container PortDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Announce Coordination on COVID-19 Testing GuidanceDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for October to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in NovemberDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Kent County added to Delaware’s spotted lanternfly quarantineDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Virtual Halloween Costume ContestDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Cleanup Operation Extends from Upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City, Md.Date Posted: October 28, 2020
OMB to Hold FY 2022 Online Budget Hearings November 9 -20Date Posted: October 28, 2020
Expanded eligibility and increased funding for hardest-hit industries now part of DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing RoadwaysDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Antes de las elecciones, la Fiscal General Jennings les recuerda a los votantes de sus derechos y responsabilidades.Date Posted: October 27, 2020
Ahead of Election Day, Attorney General Jennings reminds voters of rights and responsibilitiesDate Posted: October 27, 2020
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive YearDate Posted: October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 26, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Early Childhood Education UpdatesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
DOJ secures Manafort and Gates-connected entity dissolutionsDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled DebrisDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Compassionate Champion Award RecipientsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Attorney General Jennings’ statement on Purdue Pharma plea agreementDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Revenue Announces Decrease in HSCA RateDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – October 23, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Public Comment Open, Transcript and Presentation Available on Proposed Plastic Bag Ban RegulationsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Bay Coastline Intensifies Today With Additional Resources DeployedDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Deadline for Second Round of TIIF Grant Application ApproachingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall FishingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Unified Command, Incident Command Post Established for Oil Cleanup Efforts on Delaware ShoreDate Posted: October 21, 2020
COVID Alert DE Surpasses 50,000 Downloads of AppDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Health Care Relief Fund Date Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean Up Oil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern BeachesDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020Date Posted: October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Emergency Response Working to Control Oil Spill That Washed Ashore at Broadkill BeachDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Deadline Extended until October 25 for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardsDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Delaware Announces Grant Program for Contract Poultry Growers Impacted by COVID-19Date Posted: October 19, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 ElectionDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update Oct. 16, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: October 16, 2020
DSHA Celebrates Grand Opening of Splash Laundromat, Presents DDD Rebate CheckDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of DE Relief Small Business Program to $150MDate Posted: October 15, 2020
GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown TeenagerDate Posted: October 15, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro Partner for a Fraud Town HallDate Posted: October 14, 2020
“Civil War Band of Brothers” virtual program from The Old State House on Oct. 22, 2020Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Beebe Healthcare Partners with Lewes Public Library, Delaware Libraries to Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Red Clay’s Kimberly Stock named 2021 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Overdose Medication Distribution Planned For Smyrna WednesdayDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Gov. Carney: Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, DE NAACP Agreement Makes Significant Investment in DE SchoolsDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Update to Lower and Higher Authority Appeals DeadlinesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
October 13, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Delaware Cancer Mortality Rates Decrease Between 2002-2006 & 2012-2016; Improvements Among Specific Races, EthnicitiesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Learn about the History of Disability  in the Delaware Disability History and Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Kent/Sussex 911 restored for AT&T customersDate Posted: October 11, 2020
AT&T 911 cell outage in Kent & Sussex CountiesDate Posted: October 11, 2020

Delaware State Housing Authority | Date Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

DOVER – Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) received national recognition for three of its newest programs when they were honored with a 2020 Annual Award for Program Excellence during the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) annual conference. DSHA received the most awards of any state housing authority in the country. The conference was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The awards recognized the success of DSHA’s Eviction Defense Program (EDP), which provides legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction; COVID-19 rental assistance program, which provides financial assistance for tenants financially impacted by the pandemic; and Homes for Grads, a homeownership program offering lower interest rates for recent college graduates.
“We are honored to receive these awards on behalf of our partners and the many Delawareans who have benefitted from these programs,” said Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi. “Throughout the pandemic, we have helped individuals and families across Delaware remain in their homes through programs like the Delaware Housing Assistance Program and the Eviction Defense Program. We are proud to be recognized by our peers for our efforts and for the innovative work we are doing.”
DSHA was one of 38 housing finance agencies across the country to submit entries in the 2020 awards program and one of 16 states to win an award. More than 100 entries were submitted for consideration. NCSHA judges evaluate each entry for its level of innovation, replicability, measurable benefit to housing agency customers, effective use of resources and achievement of strategic objectives, among other criteria. The judges are affordable housing industry leaders and subject matter experts selected for their relevant expertise, experience, and impartiality.
“This year’s award winners reflect the innovation state HFAs around the country have shown in responding to the coronavirus, as well as their progress in solving the longstanding housing affordability needs of their states and the nation,” said NCSHA Executive Director Stockton Williams. “Delaware State Housing Authority has been at the forefront of some of the most pressing housing-related issues facing Delawareans before and during the pandemic, and NCSHA is proud to honor the housing authority with these awards to recognize their hard work.”
The Eviction Defense Program (EDP) provides legal representation for tenants facing eviction in Delaware. Delaware’s Legal Aid organizations receive funding through DSHA and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s homelessness prevention tool, Home4Good, to support the EDP. In addition to expanding access to counsel, the EDP also includes funding to pay rent and utility arrearages, directly addressing what is often an underlying cause of eviction. This additional funding for rent and utility arrears is a unique aspect of DSHA’s EDP compared to similar programs in other states.
“We are very excited about this recognition for DSHA and are proud to partner with the housing authority on their efforts to support tenants facing eviction in Delaware by providing legal representation,” said Daniel Atkins, Executive Director of Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “The Eviction Defense Program directly addresses the justice gap many low-income Delawareans encounter when facing eviction, and the importance of this program has only been heightened by the pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to help more Delawareans remain in their homes, and the Eviction Defense Program is a critical resource to do just that.”
DSHA’s Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP) was launched in late March and provides up to $8,000 in assistance to tenants in Delaware who are struggling financially due to a pandemic-related job loss, loss of income or illness. To date, DSHA has approved or is processing nearly 3,000 applications at a total of almost $8.8 million in rental assistance. DSHA partnered with the Delaware Judiciary on resources for tenants facing eviction, including DE HAP and an Online Dispute Resolution system.
“This is a great program that has helped so many Delawareans during these difficult times, and the Delaware Judiciary is pleased to be a partner with DSHA to help renters and landlords find equitable resolutions,” said Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis. “We congratulate the housing authority on this worthy accomplishment and look forward to continuing our great partnership.”
Launched in June 2019, DSHA’s Homes for Grads program provides a reduced mortgage rate of 50 basis points or one-half of a percentage for homebuyers in Delaware who have graduated college with a four-year degree or higher within the last three years. The discount offered by DSHA provides the typical buyer with savings of roughly $60 a month or about $720 annually and $21,600 over the life of the loan. Due to market volatility related to the global pandemic, the program has been temporarily paused. To date, DSHA has closed on 54 Homes for Grads loans at a total of more than $11.6 million.
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Delaware State Housing Authority | Date Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

DOVER – Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) received national recognition for three of its newest programs when they were honored with a 2020 Annual Award for Program Excellence during the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) annual conference. DSHA received the most awards of any state housing authority in the country. The conference was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The awards recognized the success of DSHA’s Eviction Defense Program (EDP), which provides legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction; COVID-19 rental assistance program, which provides financial assistance for tenants financially impacted by the pandemic; and Homes for Grads, a homeownership program offering lower interest rates for recent college graduates.
“We are honored to receive these awards on behalf of our partners and the many Delawareans who have benefitted from these programs,” said Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi. “Throughout the pandemic, we have helped individuals and families across Delaware remain in their homes through programs like the Delaware Housing Assistance Program and the Eviction Defense Program. We are proud to be recognized by our peers for our efforts and for the innovative work we are doing.”
DSHA was one of 38 housing finance agencies across the country to submit entries in the 2020 awards program and one of 16 states to win an award. More than 100 entries were submitted for consideration. NCSHA judges evaluate each entry for its level of innovation, replicability, measurable benefit to housing agency customers, effective use of resources and achievement of strategic objectives, among other criteria. The judges are affordable housing industry leaders and subject matter experts selected for their relevant expertise, experience, and impartiality.
“This year’s award winners reflect the innovation state HFAs around the country have shown in responding to the coronavirus, as well as their progress in solving the longstanding housing affordability needs of their states and the nation,” said NCSHA Executive Director Stockton Williams. “Delaware State Housing Authority has been at the forefront of some of the most pressing housing-related issues facing Delawareans before and during the pandemic, and NCSHA is proud to honor the housing authority with these awards to recognize their hard work.”
The Eviction Defense Program (EDP) provides legal representation for tenants facing eviction in Delaware. Delaware’s Legal Aid organizations receive funding through DSHA and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s homelessness prevention tool, Home4Good, to support the EDP. In addition to expanding access to counsel, the EDP also includes funding to pay rent and utility arrearages, directly addressing what is often an underlying cause of eviction. This additional funding for rent and utility arrears is a unique aspect of DSHA’s EDP compared to similar programs in other states.
“We are very excited about this recognition for DSHA and are proud to partner with the housing authority on their efforts to support tenants facing eviction in Delaware by providing legal representation,” said Daniel Atkins, Executive Director of Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “The Eviction Defense Program directly addresses the justice gap many low-income Delawareans encounter when facing eviction, and the importance of this program has only been heightened by the pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to help more Delawareans remain in their homes, and the Eviction Defense Program is a critical resource to do just that.”
DSHA’s Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP) was launched in late March and provides up to $8,000 in assistance to tenants in Delaware who are struggling financially due to a pandemic-related job loss, loss of income or illness. To date, DSHA has approved or is processing nearly 3,000 applications at a total of almost $8.8 million in rental assistance. DSHA partnered with the Delaware Judiciary on resources for tenants facing eviction, including DE HAP and an Online Dispute Resolution system.
“This is a great program that has helped so many Delawareans during these difficult times, and the Delaware Judiciary is pleased to be a partner with DSHA to help renters and landlords find equitable resolutions,” said Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis. “We congratulate the housing authority on this worthy accomplishment and look forward to continuing our great partnership.”
Launched in June 2019, DSHA’s Homes for Grads program provides a reduced mortgage rate of 50 basis points or one-half of a percentage for homebuyers in Delaware who have graduated college with a four-year degree or higher within the last three years. The discount offered by DSHA provides the typical buyer with savings of roughly $60 a month or about $720 annually and $21,600 over the life of the loan. Due to market volatility related to the global pandemic, the program has been temporarily paused. To date, DSHA has closed on 54 Homes for Grads loans at a total of more than $11.6 million.
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