Housing and Health Partnerships: Supporting Successful Tenancies



May 17, 2019
DE NAHRO Annual Conference

The Housing and Health Partnerships: Supporting Successful Tenancies Conference is designed to discuss issues and resolutions that affect the clients of Housing and Social Service Professionals.

Renters ad homeowners may need guidance in maneuvering through the government process to qualify and obtain health & social service assistance.  Social service clients might need to know how to access or stay in their housing.  In these economic times we must be mindful of the increased need to combine programs and how best to deliver them to the families that need them most.

Session swill include topics such as:

  • Landlord Recruitment & Retention
  • Accessing Housing
  • Tenants Rights & Responsibilities under the Tenant/Landlord Code
  • Tenants in Crisis
  • Financing Supportive Housing
  • Overcoming Barriers to Housing/”Tenants with History”
  • Accessing Mainstream Services to Maintain Housing

This one day conference at Dover Downs conference Center is the perfect opportunity for Health & Social Service and Housing Professionals to find ways to best assist, and where to direct, their clients when multiple benefits/services re needed. 

Click Here To Register and to Learn More about the Conference.

Poster Contest – What Home Means to Me

As part of NAHRO’s Housing America Campaign, a poster contest is held each year for children residing in affordable housing and community development owned or administered sites.  The theme is “What Home Means to Me”  Poster submissions are due April 25, 2019.

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 winners in each age group;

  •       !st Prize = $100 gift certificate
  •       2nd Prize = $50 gift certificate
  •       3rd Prize = $25 gift certificate

The top winner in each age group is submitted to National NAHRO to compete nationally for a $500 savings bond.

Submission deadline for the posters is April 25, 2019 to the Property Managers who have until April 29th to get the posters to one of the 4 convenient designated locations noted on the application forms.

Click Here for Poster Contest Information and Application

Robert S. Moyer Award

Congratulations to Maria Bynum for receiving the

2018 Robert S. Moyer Award

As the Delaware Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Maria Bynum is the “face” of HUD in the First State. Prior to assuming her present role nearly five years ago, she served as the Regional Public Affairs Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region serving Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Maria received the 2016 Regional Administrator’s Special Recognition award for her work in support of Delaware being named the third state in the nation to effectively end veteran homelessness. She began her federal career in public affairs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. coordinating communications for the Department.

In her role as Field Office Director, Maria has been an instrumental partner to several initiatives throughout Delaware.  Most notable was her involvement in the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness, where she choreographed the essential connections and jump-started the missions of jurisdictions in all three Counties in their efforts participate in the National Initiative.  With her help, Delaware became one of the first states in the country to effectively end veteran homelessness.  Maria truly embodies her statewide role, traveling regularly to Sussex County, Wilmington, and all points in between to attend meetings and events, as well as offer invaluable support and guidance.  Her experience, passion, and constant optimism are truly appreciated.    

 Maria grew up in Delmar and spent time in front of the camera as a News Anchor with WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Md.



2018 Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Karen Spellman

for receiving the

2018 Ambassador Award at the DE NAHRO Annual Meeting

Karen A. Spellman is the Interim Executive Director of Wilmington Housing Authority, a position she has held for the past two (2) years. Karen has over 20 years of executive-level experience at WHA and 18 years of experience working at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Karen’s broad knowledge of the housing industry, compassion for others and commitment to doing what is right is highlighted in her accomplishments, which include:

  • Developed the One Stop Shop – designed to assist residents with becoming self sufficient by offering economic development, education, parenting, financial management, homeownership counseling, etc. via partnering with various social service agencies in the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware. These programs have assisted over 28 families with becoming owners of their own home.
  • Responsible for writing a grant awarded on behalf of the Pearl Center Project in the amount of $246,000 to build housing for homeless veterans.
  • Plan to use an Energy Performance Contract and Capital Improvement funding to rehabilitate 36 long-term vacant scattered site units within 18 months after we receive HUD approval. These units will be included in the Section 32 Homeownership Program creating more homeownership opportunities for WHA’s residents. Upon completion WHA’s Public Housing Program will qualify for high performer status.
  • Building a Solar Energy Farm located in Southbridge that will generate energy savings in excess of $1.2 million for WHA.
  • Ownership of The Park View has been reverted back to WHA via limited partnership buy-out.

Wilmington Housing Authority has been going through some difficult times during Karen’s tenure as Interim Executive Director and through it all Karen has been the “anchor” for WHA’s employees, residents, and the mission of the Agency.

Karen has also been a member of the DE NAHRO Executive Board since 2012.  During her time on the Board she has been a strong supporter of the organization.   One of her many contributions included coordinating a number of the sessions at the DE NAHRO sponsored 2014 MARC Conference.

In addition to her dedication to WHA, Karen loves spending time with her four (4) children Keisha, Deanna, LaVar and “adopted” son Tyrell, their significant others and her fifteen (15) grandchildren.   



The 2018-2019 Executive Board.  

President – Carrie Casey, New Castle County Community Services

Vice President – Brandy Nauman, Sussex County Community Development & Housing

Treasurer – Michael Fortner, City of Newark Planning Department

Secretary – Tracey Harvey, City of Dover Community Development

Vice President of Housing & Community Development – Devon Manning, Delaware State Housing Authority

Vice President of Member Services & Professional Development – Rufus Mincey, Dover Housing Authority

Immediate Past President – Pam Ferguson, East Coast Property Management

At Large Members 2019 Class

  • Sean Kelly, Leon N Weiner & Associates, Inc.
  • Denise MacLeish, USDA Rural Development
  • Lottie Lee, Delaware Dept. of Health & Social Services

At Large Members 2020 Class

  • Maggie Cook Pleasant, NCALL Reseach
  • Karen Spellman, Wilmington Housing Authority
  • Danielle Samuels Darring, AJPC Management LLC




DE NAHRO Scholarship

DE NAHRO annually awards a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating Delaware High School Senior to continue their education.  Each year for up to 4 years the awardee can receive a $1,000 to be used toward their college education.  In order to qualify for the scholarship program, the applicant most meet the following criteria:

–Lives in subsidized housing defined as Project Based Section 8, Rural Development Section 515,Housing Choice Voucher, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Public Housing, Habitat for Humanity Home, Self Help Homeownership Program, or USDA Rural Development Homeownership Program at time of application.

–Has 2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA

–Provide 2 Letters of recommendation: one from a person in authority from the high school and one from a community leader.

–Write a 500 word essay –  “Who or what has inspired you to further your education?  Explain your future goals and aspirations.

–Provides a completed application with a list of all extra-curricular activities in school and in the community.

Application Deadline is June 1, 2019