Dover council overrides mayor’s veto of short-term rental rules

DOVER — There was a congenial tug of war about short-term rentals between Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and councilmen at this week’s City Council meeting. Near the beginning of the Monday meeting, Mayor Christiansen announced his veto of council’s Dec. 14 adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-05, which puts rules in place for owners of short-term […]

State funding for home repairs available to some Milford residents

MILFORD — Representatives of Kent and Sussex counties looking to help Milford ascertain funding from the Delaware State Housing Authority spoke to City Council about how they want to help maintain Milford’s housing stock. One representative, Brad Whaley, represented Sussex County Community Development, while the other, Mike Miles, represented Kent County during the Monday night […]

Family moves into new home for holidays

DOVER — Chakia Young will serve Thanksgiving dinner with an extra helping of gratitude this year. For the first time in seven years, the 25-year-old will actually be with her family Thursday. Usually, the single mom is stuck at work, while her family enjoys their meal. What makes this holiday even more special is that […]

Milford council laments loss of mixed-use element in proposed Riverwalk development

MILFORD — A developer is interested in constructing a large apartment building on Milford’s Riverwalk, but much of City Council is hesitant about the plan. On Monday, the council voted to table an extended discussion of the project, but numerous members made it clear they were unhappy with the elimination of the mixed-use retail space […]

Habitat begins construction on first home south of Division Street in Dover

DOVER — It was a moment that Michelle Johnson will never forget and one that promises to change her family members’ lives forever. It happened the day officials with Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity told her she had been approved to build a new home at 117 S. Queen St., which will become the first […]

One block at a time: Restoring Central Dover project enters second phase

DOVER — The power of homeownership is easily evident to Karen Speakman, director of NCALL, which is the driving force behind the Restoring Central Dover initiative to revitalize neighborhoods and businesses in downtown Dover. When she drives down North New Street nowadays, she sees children’s toys on the lawns, flowers, flags and “Dover Strong” signs […]

Delaware announces $40 million in COVID-19 housing assistance

WILMINGTON — Citing the fears of many Delawareans challenged to make rent and mortgage payments during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, state leaders announced on Monday that $40 million in assistance is now available for those most affected. With the relaunch of the Delaware Housing Assistance Program and through the Delaware Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program up […]

Low mortgage rates bring on rush of homebuyers, refinancing

REHOBOTH BEACH — Mortgage rates are at historic lows, and many Delawareans are pouncing on them, along with others seeking to relocate to the First State. Whether it’s a new home purchase or refinancing an existing one, opportunity to find an affordable interest rate has never been better.“I’ve been in the lending business for 25 […]

State announces joint effort on COVID-19 foreclosure and eviction prevention

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney, Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi and Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis announced a joint effort on foreclosure and eviction prevention on Wednesday to support Delaware homeowners and renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. “This is still an extremely […]

COVID-19 has Habitat for Humanity playing catch-up

DOVER — The whirring sounds of drills and the thump, thump, thumping of hammers onto nails fell silent for the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity after Delaware was overtaken by the coronavirus outbreak back in March. However, things have started to turn around for the nonprofit organization recently as the CDHFH is now running at […]