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"I have nothing but good things to say about NCALL. They really close the gap between what small agencies have the capacity to do and what needs to be done."
There is a disproportionate number of low income families on the Eastern Shore of Virginia compared to the state.
In the Eastern Shore counties of Accomack and Northampton, approximately 20% of the population is below the poverty line,
with 38% paying more than 30% of their income for rent and 21% of the homes were built in 1939 or earlier.
There is a great need for affordable housing.
According to David Annis, Director of Housing Development for the ANPDC, "There has been no question that this project is filling a desperate need. Families show up to the construction site to apply for housing. The units were rented up long before Mill Run was completed and we have a pretty huge waiting list."
He also sees NCALL’s help as invaluable, "Putting together a financial strategy to develop affordable housing is much more complicated these days than back when you could go to HUD or USDA for the whole package, and rely on those agencies for the technical assistance required to get through construction."
"Most all developments now require multiple sources of financing from different agencies and entities, all of which have their own regulations and their own rent and income restrictions. Many of the funding sources such as the Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, and the Federal Home Loan Bank programs come with very specialized regulations and restrictions that require professionals who work with those programs on a daily basis in order to stay in compliance. NCALL provides the professional services and technical assistance that helps bridge the gap between what’s required by the funders to stay in compliance, and the capacity of many local, community-based nonprofits."
"NCALL has been such a valuable partner in this project"
The need for senior housing is significant, especially in Sussex County, with many retirees living on fixed incomes and an increasing rate of poverty. Even with 88 existing units of affordable senior rental housing in Seaford, DE, there is still a significant need for more units.
It is really a great looking building, shared BHS Executive Director Bill Roupp. The washers and dryers in the units are a big draw. I think the design of the building is ideal for security with all of the apartments being under one roof with common area space on each floor and a community room.
Hampton Circles location is adjacent to three other BHS properties which provide 88 affordable senior rental apartments. The land was purchased by BHS from the City of Seaford. This property is the perfect location, it has a nice buffer of woods and there is no through traffic. There will be sidewalks and paths to connect the different communities. I think of this as BHS Adult Housing Community with 123 units of affordable elderly housing.
NCALL has been such a valuable partner in this project and with all of the work that BHS has done. All of the members in the development team recognize NCALLs experience and knowledge. That makes it easer. Also, packaging multiple financial applications is a burdensome task. I am the only employee of BHS. Having NCALLs assistance reduces BHS need for additional personnel, reducing our overhead costs.
Overall BHS has developed a total of 246 apartment units for families and elderly with the assistance of NCALL over the years. These efforts have benefitted the City of Seaford and western Sussex County with quality affordable housing choices.
"If it wasnt for NCALL, this development might never have happened."
In 1992, local residents formed New Road Community Development
Group of Exmore, Inc. on Virginias Eastern Shore.
They began with the mission to revitalize this historic African
They had to start by bringing an essential sewer system to the area.
Due to some NIMBY opposition, this first goal took over nine years to realize.
2009 saw their second goal come to fruition. New Road Village Apartments was
completed this year and will provide 16 units of desperately needed
multi-family rental housing to this area.
We really wanted better housing for the people of New Road, says Ruth Wise, Executive Director of New Road Community Development Group. These units will make a tremendous difference in the lives of its residents. If it wasnt for NCALL, this development might never have happened. They have been with us for years and years. They wrote the applications for funding and have given us various levels of technical support. We couldnt have done it without them.
According to Collin Kean, from East Coast Property Management, the
response to the units has been overwhelmingly positive.
They received many calls from interested households and finally took
in 39 applications for the 16 units.
Most applicants seem to be moving out of overcrowded conditions with
other family members.
NCALL stays with the development process all the way
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