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Welcome to Wilmington

Over the past decade, a remarkable change has been taking place in the City of Wilmington. Areas like Lower Market Street (LOMA) and Riverfront Wilmington have been reborn; They've become vibrant destination points that feature excellent housing options, fine dining, great shopping, and numerous recreational activities. Wilmington's neighborhoods have also seen incredible growth. From Rockford Park to Southbridge, from Little Italy to Brandywine Hills, new communities are taking root, and properties are being revitalized. We're proud to say we've taken part in this renaissance, and owe much of our success to the support of our private and public partners as well as our residents. As we look ahead, we invite you to work with us in improving our communities and changing national perceptions of what public housing can be.



Who we are

Our Mission: Since our humble beginnings in 1938 our mission has been to develop safe, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families. Today we've become the largest direct provider of affordable housing opportunities in the State of Delaware, managing nearly 2000 units of public, tax credit and market rate housing and administering nearly 1900 housing choice vouchers in a variety of programs. Our programs serve over 7000 low to moderate-income residents of the City of Wilmington. Directly funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, WHA's combined operating, capital and voucher program budgets exceed $30 million annually.

Our Vision: Over the years our vision has expanded as we've seen the opportunities that abound in public housing. Opportunities for programs that help resident’s improve their economic standing, and increase their community involvement; Opportunities to partner with public and private stakeholders on innovative projects; And opportunities to improve accountability, transparency, policy, and practice. While challenges like recent cuts to our program funding—where we're expected to do more with less—are sure to come; We will continue to find and implement solutions that help our residents and communities thrive. So come and see how were upgrading facilities, implementing green building practices, improving operational efficiency, and so much more. In short, we think you'll agree that we're working to change the perception of public housing from "the housing of last resort" to the housing of new opportunity.



Board of Directors

  • Herman Holloway Jr.
  • Calvin Brown
  • Dorothea Black
  • Corey Burris
  • Carl Stansbury
  • Rev. Clarence Pettit
  • Vincent M. White

Senior Staff

  • Executive Director: Frederick S. Purnell
  • Deputy Director: Karen Spellman
  • Leasing: Annette Brown
  • Human Resources: Kathi Sulsky
  • Information Technology: Sarah Babaian
  • Finance: Rosemarie Bizune
  • Community and Supportive Services: Irmina Williams
  • HVC - Section 8: Donna Starkey-Ford
  • Maintenance: Tyrone Malcom
  • Capital Projects and Development: Roger Turk
  • Contracts / Purchasing: Joe Duffner