The Sussex Housing Group is a committee of DHC that was formed in 1998 to identify and address Fair Housing issues in the County. It grew to incorporate increased participation in public processes such as the County’s Comprehensive Plan and education of public officials as well as to network and complement each group’s work within the informal association of the SHG. It has now evolved into a hands-on coalition of agencies committed to facilitating real and lasting change to low income housing and communities in Sussex County.

DHC has long been committed to Fair Housing outreach and affordable housing development in in Sussex County. In 1996, we formed the Sussex Housing Group to focus on legislative and policy issues. The group was inactive for a while but was reformed in 2014 and has successfully drawn together stakeholders who are committed to working with residents to improve living and social conditions, particularly in the so called Strong Communities. The Strong Communities are low-income, rural, minority neighborhoods that are often isolated and therefore segregated. They may be clustered along one-way roads, hidden from view, which means that many of their housing challenges are not easily discerned.

Core members of the group include: DCRAC, Department of Human Relations, Delaware State Housing Authority, Discover Bank, First State Community Action Agency, Milford Housing Development Corporation, NCALL, Pathways to Success, Sussex County Department of Housing and Community Development, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Sussex Unity, West Rehoboth Land Trust and WSFS Bank.

Please contact Trish Kelleher for more information.