2022 DE NAHRO Annual Conference – May 5

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Date(s) - 05/05/2022
9:00 am - 11:45 am


ARPA:  New Investments in Housing and Community Development

Delaware is receiving over $1.2 billion in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  This infusion provides Delaware with the opportunity to address ongoing systemic needs and issues. This includes affordable housing production and preservation to expand housing supply and emergency rental assistance and housing stability services to help keep people safely housed. The federal House America challenge channels some of these resources to assist those with the greatest need for housing assistance. 

Join us on May 5 to learn about federal priorities for stimulating housing and community development investments through ARPA funding and the House America challenge, State priorities and processes for utilizing these funds, and local actions underway to use ARPA funds to make a difference in the lives of Delawareans. 

The free virtual conference will open with Guest Speakers

            Matthew Heckles, Region III Administrator for the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development

            AJ Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency

In addition, a panel of experts from local jurisdictions and the private sector will discuss ways ARPA funds will be used in their jurisdictions. See the Conference Agenda below.

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Conference Agenda

  9:00-  9:15     DE NAHRO Business Meeting and Conference Welcome

            Carrie Casey, DE-NAHRO Chapter President/General Manager, New Castle County, Department of Community Services 

  9:15-  9:45     Opening Keynote Speaker

            Matthew Heckles, Region III Administrator, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development  

Mr. Heckles will speak about HUD’s new strategic plan and priorities for stimulating housing and community development investments through ARPA funding and the House America Initiative and how these can benefit Delawareans.

  9:45-10:15     Guest Speaker

            A.J. Schall, Director, Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)

The State of Delaware has received $1.2 billion of ARPA funding.  Mr. Schall will discuss the plan for the use of the funds, the process in allocating the funds and key outcome goals.

10:15-11:15     Panel Presentations and Discussion

Moderator: Mimi Rayl, Housing Initiatives Coordinator, University of Delaware Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration


Susan Eliason, Deputy Director, Delaware State Housing Authority

      DSHA anticipates funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) monies received by the State of Delaware under ARPA.  Programs in development include ones that transform neighborhood         vacancy and blight into opportunities for homeownership; provide financing to existing affordable and market rate multifamily developments in order to increase affordable housing stock; and, supplement funding for LIHTC re-syndications and other tools for preserving Delaware’s affordable rental inventory.

Vincent Garlick, HOME Investment Partnerships Program Administrator, New Castle County 

      Discussion will focus on the affordable housing crisis in New Castle County, which led to the creation of   the New Castle County Affordable Housing Fund which includes ARPA funds.

Brandy Nauman, Director of Community Development & Housing, Sussex County

      The Sussex Housing Trust Fund has received a boost of $6.5 million in ARPA funding which will be used    both to offer financing to developers of affordable housing and to provide qualifying households with direct         downpayment and closing cost assistance.  These funds will meet a critical need to address the lack of affordable housing options in Sussex County.

Bob Weir, Director, City of Wilmington Department of Real Estate and Housing 

      Wilmington is entitled to receive $55.3 million in ARPA funds.  On December  9, 2021 Wilmington City Council passed Resolution 21-054 assigning the ARPA funds into the following major categories: *Revenue Replacement *Workforce Development *Community Investment *Neighborhood Revitalization *Building Safer Communities *Essential Pay for Essential Work & Administrative Costs.

Sean Kelly, Executive Vice President, Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc.

      ARPA funding has been allocated to the full spectrum of Municipal, County and State governments.  Sean will provide a practitioners perspective on applying for, and utilizing, this resource for the development of         affordable housing at the City, County and State levels.

11:15-11:45      Panelists/Audience Q & A