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.
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.
DE NAHRO Announces the Winners of the 2018 Annual Poster Contest.
Elementary School Age Winners:
1st Place – Arazeli Irizany, New Castle County, Age 8
2nd Place – Kalel Gill, Smyrna, Age 8
3rd Place – Aniyah Davis, New Castle County, Age 9
Middle School Age Winners:
1st Place – Ayanna Davis, New Castle County, Age 12
2nd Place – Gracie Marie Stebner, New Castle County, Age 13
3rd Place – Cierra White, Dover, Age 13
High School Age Winners:
1st Place – Tyashia Smallwood, New Castle County, Age 17
2nd Place – Teonna Wilson, New Castle County, Age 15
3rd Place – Nyzira Spencer, Harrington, Age 18
Each first place winner won a $100 gift card, a blue ribbon and will be entered into the National NAHRO Poster Contest.
Each second place winner won a $50 gift card and a red ribbon
Each third place winner won a $25 gift card and a yellow ribbon
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!
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 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, 2018
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND A COPY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE CLICK ON THE “DE NAHRO SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM” UNDER THE GENERAL INFO & NEWS TAB