The Challenge Program is committed to rehabilitating affordable housing and improving Wilmington’s neighborhoods. We have one full-time crew dedicated to housing projects. Our current project is a partnership with a nonprofit, the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council. We are completing a two-story rear addition to their headquarters in a historic row home at 601 Church Street. This is our 18th housing project.
We first renovated a row home on the West Side of Wilmington in 2000. Residents of the homes we renovate seek affordable housing for a number of reasons. Some are first-time homeowners; others are transitioning from foster care to independent living or from public housing to self-sufficiency. With the understanding that expensive utility bills can make housing unaffordable, we use Energy Star and green building practices to ensure that our homes are as efficient and sustainable as possible. We also use reclaimed materials in all of our renovation projects.
Over the years, we have partnered with many local nonprofits and agencies including Greater Brandywine Village Revitalization, Habitat for Humanity, Wilmington Housing Authority and West End Neighborhood House’s Lifelines Program.