2019 Housing Development Services Success Story
In 2019, NCALL built four new, energy efficient, single family homes side by side on N. Kirkwood Street in Dover. Construction gap funding was provided by Delaware State Housing Authority’s Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund. They feature open floor plans with gleaming laminate wood floors, stainless steel appliances, and large spacious kitchens. They have plenty of space for storage and attached garages in the back.
North Kirkwood Street, a once blighted area, is being revitalized by NCALL and our partner, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity. It is an ideal location – for those seeking a livable, walkable community.
First time homebuyer Rodnett became the proud owner of one of the homes in October. “Before purchasing the house on Kirkwood, I was living in a small condo on the third floor with four kids,” she said. “It’s a blessing and huge change for my family. My kids have so much space to run, jump, and play. We are so happy.” Rodnett said having a yard for her children to play in warms her heart.
Rodnett knows her neighbors and said they are friendly and welcoming. The families share a common bond as new homeowners and participants in NCALL’s programs.
Rodnett was encouraged to contact NCALL by her parents, who purchased a home after having participated in NCALL’s housing counseling program when she was a teenager. She said she attended a homeownership orientation and started working with a homeownership counselor. “I had gone through bankruptcy and was struggling to rebuild my credit,” Rodnett said. “My counselor was wonderful. She walked me through what I needed to do and addressed all my questions and concerns.”
Rodnett said the first time she toured the home on Kirkwood Street she fell in love. She knew there would be a high demand for the homes, but felt encouragement and hope after every interaction with NCALL. She urges others in situations similar to hers to contact NCALL.
“It doesn’t matter what happens in life, you can’t give up. I never thought I would own my dream home, but thanks to NCALL and the power of prayer, it happened,” she said. “Every time we walk through the door, I can’t believe it’s ours.”
NCALL is committed to the revitalization of Central Dover through the Restoring Central Dover initiative. In partnership with Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, and others, and with funding from Delaware State Housing Authority, 38 homes have been built and more than twenty are planned over the next few years. The homes are offered for sale to first time homebuyers with incomes at or below 120% of Area Median Income.