2017 Housing Development Services Success Story

Real Estate Development at NCALL is starting to evolve. While NCALL continues to provide technical assistance to other nonprofits in the development of affordable rental housing, we are also starting to develop our own single family for-sale housing and the rehabilitation of single-family homes.

Pauline is the proud owner of a home that was able to be rehabilitated in Central Dover. During the renovation, NCALL worked to put in a new electric heat pump, gas-fired hot water heater, five new smoke detectors, replaced doors and kitchen counters and sinks, as well as a gut rehab on a bathroom. The total cost for these health and safety-related renovations was $35,000 and funding was provided by DSHA's Housing Development Fund.

Pauline couldn't be happier with the outcome. "My experience working with NCALL was excellent. They did an awesome job with the renovation of my home! My new kitchen and bathroom are gorgeous!"

In multifamily housing news, NCALL is proud to announce the completion of the renovation of New Hope Village, an apartment complex in Snow Hill, MD. This complex, owned by Snow Hill Citizens for Decent Housing (SHCDH) is one of the organizations that NCALL worked with this past year, providing development expertise to preserve this important rental housing.

With 41% of households in Snow Hill renting housing, which is higher than average, and fair market rents greater than average, SHCDH wanted to offer a more affordable option when they embarked on the development of New Hope Village in 1988. Accord to President, Tawny Kraus, the 28 apartments for low-income families have provided wonderful housing that is safe and meets code. "as long as families follow the rules, they enjoy a secure, safe and clean environment. They are not in substandard housing and subject to the whims of a landlord that is so common in this area. They are treated with respect and have stability.

The apartments have been well maintained, but after almost 30 years of occupancy, were in need of renovation. So, SHCDH contacted NCALL for help. According to Tawny, "To get federal funding requires a mountain of paperwork. We are an all-volunteer operation. We would not have been able to do this without NCALL."

With NCALL's assistance, SHCDH was able to apply for funding through USDA Rural Development and began work in 2016 to replace the original kitchens with new cabinetry, appliances, lighting, countertops, and flooring. Bathrooms also received updating with all new vanities and sinks, upgraded lighting, new flooring, fiberglass tub surrounds, and new fixtures. Outside, new vinyl siding was added and parking lot improvements for accessibility were made. The renovations were done with tenants in place and completed to ensure resident comfort and safety. With additional funding from the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the project was completed in 2017.

Tawny shared, "NCALL has provided assistance to us for many years. It's great to know that I can call them and they are there to help us."