Fair Housing Act Training

This very important training on March 21, 2018 at PolyTech Adult Education Center in Woodside, DE is designed to inform all attendees of the Fair Housing Law and how to avoid the effect violations of the law can have on their organization.

The Federal Fair Housing Act (1968 and 1988) makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing when the discrimination is based on any of the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex National Origina
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

The Laws protect against discriminatory actions (based on one of the factors above)  such as:

  • refusing to sell or rent
  • sexual harassment
  • quoting a difference in housing availability
  • quoting a difference insecurity deposit required
  • quoting a different monthly rent
  • refusing to rent to a family or individual with children

Two Session will be held–

~~ 8:30 am to 12:00 noon for Housing Managers, Management Agents, Owners/Landlords & Realtors

~~ 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for Maintenance Staff & Personnel

Click Here To Register and for more information about the training 

Robert S. Moyer Award

Congratulations to Bill Roupp for receiving the
2017 Robert S. Moyer Award

 

William (Bill) G. Roupp is the Executive Director of Better Homes of Seaford, Inc., and has been actively involved in the development, preservation and maintenance of affordable housing in the Seaford area since 1995.  Prior to becoming the executive director of BHS, Mr. Roupp was an employee at the Preston Trucking Company for 22 years. He spent seven years in the military and received an honorable discharge from both the United States Army and the United States Air Force, where he served in the Transportation Offices for both entities.  He attended Tri-State University located in Angola, Indiana, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1965.

The 23 years Mr. Roupp has spent at Better Homes of Seaford has been extremely rewarding for Bill and exciting for Better Homes of Seaford’s Board of Directors, the residents, and the City of Seaford.  Under his watch, Better Homes of Seaford has developed, preserved and maintained seven affordable housing complexes, representing 253 units with 116 units being family housing and 137 units being senior housing. 

Mr. Roupp does not view Better Homes of Seaford’s property as affordable housing but a campus community for the individuals and families that reside there.  He with the management firm provides a variety of services to the residents and typically gets 85% participation from the residents. The services and events provided by Better Homes of Seaford and its Management team include but are not limited to the following.  

  • Monthly birthday party celebrations
  • Pot luck suppers twice a monthly
  • Weekly Bingo
  • Food Bank delivery twice a monthly
  • Senior Prom every two-years
  • Hot meals including Christmas and Thanksgiving
  • A summer barbeque
  • Free income tax preparation during the tax season and beyond if needed
  • Money management including budgeting and credit counseling as needed
  • Referrals are provided for off-site services on an as needed basis

Mr. Roupp with his many administrative duties and responsibilities provides day-to-day oversight of the facilities, spends time with his elderly residents and seeks input from all the residents when designing a new property or providing preservation to an aging property.  Mr. Roupp often shares, “when my residents are happy, when the organization is running smoothly and when properties are operating at capacity — I am happy.” 

Mr. Roupp would be quick to share that family is the most important attribute and accomplishment of his life, he is a parent, a grandparent and has many nieces and nephews that look forward to his words of wisdom.  Bill is an active member of the Mount Olivet UMC and he has served many years on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Council. 

Mr. Roupp’s character is why he has been able to develop properties as the Director of Better Homes of Seaford with excellence.  He believes in people, all people and that they deserve a home that is comfortable, safe and affordable. 

 

2017 Ambassador Award

BrandyCongratulations to Brandy Bennett Nauman

for receiving the

2017 Ambassador Award at the DE NAHRO Annual Meeting

 

Brandy has been an active member of the DE NAHRO Board for more than 10 years.  As a DE NAHRO Board Member, Brandy has served on many committees.  She is the current chair of the NAHRO Housing America Poster Contest.  Each year dozens of children in grades kindergarten to 12th grade submit a poster and essay describing “What Home Means To Me.”  Brandy also sits on the Scholarship Committee.  As one of the designers of this program, DE NAHRO has been able to already help four high school seniors living in affordable housing to achieve their goal of continuing their education.  In addition, she has been a vital part of this year’s DE NAHRO Annual Conference committee and was chair of the 2015 Annual Conference.

Brandy Nauman is the Housing Coordinator and Fair Housing Compliance Officer for Sussex County Delaware.  Brandy also serves on Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, Continuum of Care, Community Development Network, the advisory board for Sussex County’s Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness, the Delaware Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Sussex Housing work groups.

In addition to the groups above, Brandy has been the driving force behind the County’s very successful implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs, which assisted many of the County’s low to moderate income households achieve the dream of homeownership. As the County’s Housing Coordinator and Fair Housing Compliance Officer, Brandy has been instrumental in many changes to modernize the County’s Fair and Affordable Housing Policies.

Brandy Bennett Nauman has provided outstanding leadership and efforts to assist the residents of Sussex County and the State of Delaware. Her dedication to serve the housing needs of all residents has been a shining example to all.

Brandy graduated from Saint Andrew’s in Middletown Delaware and went on to receive a Bachelor of Art Degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois.

DE NAHRO ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD

DE NAHRO Announces the 2017-2018 Executive Board.  

The Board was voted in at the DE NAHRO Annual Meeting May 19, 2017.  All newly elected Board Members serve a two year term except for the Vice President of Housing & Community Development and Vice President of Member Services & Professional Development which both serve one year terms.  

DE NAHRO 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 2018 Class

  • Maggie Cook Pleasant, NCALL Reseach
  • Karen Spellman, Wilmington Housing Authority

 

 

 

2017 POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

AARON WilliamsBrielle WillinghamGracie Marie StebnerJennah JonesKamari Davis JonesQueenie JonesReba FillieSerenity MatthewsTeona Wilson

DE NAHRO Announces the Winners of the 2017 Annual Poster Contest.

 

Elementary School Age Winners:

1st Place  – Serenity Matthews, New Castle County
2nd Place – Jennah Jones, New Castle County
3rd Place – Kenneth Banner, Wilmington

Middle School Age Winners:

1st Place – Delani Potts, Wilmington
2nd Place – Teonna Wilson, New Castle County
3rd Place – Gracie Marie Stebner, New Castle County

High School Age Winners:

1st Place – Sahmir Toliaferro, Wilmington
2nd Place – Queenie Jones, New Castle County
3rd Place – Reba Fillie, New Castle County

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!

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, 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