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Recent NHA Accomplishments

The NHA continually strives to improve the quality of all aspects of the program it provides for its residents and all those involved with the agency. Listed below are some of the accomplishments, offerings and projects of the agency over the past few years.

2014

  • In recent correspondence date for October 20, 2014, HUD notifies NHA of its PHAS score: 97% and designated a High Performer for the LIPH Program for FYE 3/31/2014
  • On October 10, 2014 DNREC approves Off-site soils use from Bear, DE and Elkton, MD for Alder Creek
  • On October 9, 2014 the construction groundbreaking ceremony was held at Alder Creek
  • On October 8, 2014 DNREC approves Off-site materials (Stone Dust) use from Elk Mills Quarry in Elk Mills MD for Alder Creek
  • On September 29, 2014 NHA was notified of NHA making the PHAS Higher Performer list for Federal Fiscal Yea 2014 Capital Fund Calculation
  • On August 28, 2014 DNREC approves the Remedial Action Work Plan for Alder Creek
  • In recent correspondence received on August 1, 2014, HUD notifies NHA of its SEMAP Score: 85% and designated a Standard Performer for the HCV (Section 8) program for FYE 3/31/2014.
  • Click here – July 31, 2014 the demolition continues at Alder Creek.
  • Click here – July 23, 2014 the demolition continues at Alder Creek. As of this morning, 7 buildings made up of 21 buildings are gone.
  • Click here – July 21, 2014 the Demolition commenced at Alder Creek.
  • On July 15, 2014 the Newark Housing Authority, Ingerman, DSHA, CapOne, and Richman successfully closed the deal to redevelop Alder Creek.
  • On May 27, 2014 DNREC approves the Contaminated Materials Management Plan for Alder Creek.
  • On April 17, 2014 HUD Headquarters completed and approved the Mixed-Finance Amendment to the Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract for Operating Funds only for 42 of the 56 units at Alder Creek.
  • On April 16, 2014 HUD completed and approved an extensive 24 CFR part 50 environmental review update for Alder Creek as part of the mixed-finance approval.
  • On April 2, 2014 HUD Headquarters completed and approved a subsidy layering review for Alder Creek. Alder creek will consist of 56 affordable housing units with plans to provide project-based voucher assistance for 14 of the 56 units.
  • On February 24, 2014, Mayor and City Council approved the rezoning, special use permits and major subdivision for the redevelopment of Alder Creek.
  • In January of 2014 the Newark Housing Authority submitted the Evidentiaries to HUD Headquarters for the Alder Creek development.
  • At a Special Meeting held on January 16, 2014, the BOC approves an alternative name for Cleveland Heights after the renaming to White Clay Run was opposed. The new name was unanimously approved to be Alder Creek in January of 2014.
  • On January 7, 2014, the City of Newark Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend to City Council to approve the rezoning, special use permits and major subdivision for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights. NHA and its developer partner (Ingerman) requested development approval to demolish the existing buildings and build 13 new, three-story buildings for a total of 56 units; to vacate Terrace Drive in favor of a privately owned and maintained access way; to approve the use of a community center and to rezone the site from RS (single family residential) to RM (garden apartments).

2013

  • DNREC issues Final Plan of Remedial Action for Cleveland Heights OU #1 in December of 2013.
  • DNREC issues Final Plan of Remedial Action for Cleveland Heights OU #2 in December of 2013.
  • In November of 2013 the Newark Housing Authority submitted the Mixed Finance proposal to HUD Headquarters’ for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights.
  • Proposed plans for re-development of Cleveland Heights.
  • In recent correspondence dated for November 26, 2013, HUD notifies NHA of its PHAS score of a 94 (High Performer) for the LIPH program scored under the Small PHA Deregulation.
  • The Newark Housing Authority and its developer partner (Ingerman) received written approval on November 21, 2013 from DNREC that the Brownfield Investigation Report Addendum for Cleveland Heights development site was approved. The report was prepared by React Environment Professional Group, Inc., on behalf of NHA and Ingerman. A Public Hearing is scheduled for December 10th at NHA.
  • The Newark Housing Authority and its developer partner (Ingerman) received financing approval from DSHA’s Housing Council on November 13, 2013.
  • The Newark Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted and approved a renaming of Cleveland Heights at its November meeting. The new name will be White Clay Run.
  • The Newark Housing Authority with the assistance of Martin Walsh (mixed finance attorney) submitted its mixed finance proposal to HUD on November 8, 2013 for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights.
  • The Newark Housing Authority was notified in October of an award of $15,000 under the City’s CDBG program. Bathroom upgrades will begin as soon as funds are made available.
  • The Newark Housing Authority and its developer partner (Ingerman) submitted its application in September for subdivision/development approval to the city of Newark. The application was inclusive of a special use permit to operate an after-school/daycare program and allow for additional on-site business parking. A meeting with the planning department is pending as well as a presentation before Mayor and Council.
  • The Newark Housing Authority held a Special Meeting in September of 2013 to discuss the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion. This is a new program being offered by HUD to housing authorities across the nation. The facilitator of this meeting was Mr. Martin Walsh, of Reno & Cavanaugh, NHA’s Mixed Finance Housing Development Legal Attorney.
  • The Newark Housing Authority submitted its application to the city of Newark’s planning and development department in July of 2013 in consideration of CDBG funds in the amount of $42,000. The grant request is inclusive of: bathroom upgrades to all 36-1bedroom units and to complete renovations to 4 scattered sites units.
  • The Newark Housing Authority participated in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The program is a free service program that is designated to reduce energy costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Families must be income eligible to participate. Grant Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and State sources to administer the program.
  • In recent correspondence date for July 25, 2013, HUD notifies NHA of its SEMAP Score: 100% and designated a High Performer in the HCV (Section 8) program for FYE 3/31/2013.
  • The Newark Housing Authority is in the process of Re-branding/Naming Cleveland Heights and the Community Center. Recommendations are being considered and will be approved/voted on at the August 14th BOC meeting.
  • The Newark Housing Authority requested and received a waiver from the service account application fees for new service and transfers of existing accounts required by the City for all units owned and are 100% HUD funded. Bill No. 13-15 was passed by a 6 to 0 vote.
  • The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) has reviewed and ranked the 2013 LIHTC applications. NHA/Ingerman (in partnership) submitted an application for consideration in receiving 9% Tax Credits for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights. As a result, the application received the highest Preliminary Ranking Score of a 96 under the Preservation/Acquisition Rehabilitation category.
  • State Representative, Paul Baumbach, of the 23rd District submits letters of his continued support for NHA, the Preservation of Cleveland Heights and NHA’s tax credit application
  • Mayor and Council pass Resolution No. 13-R by 7 to 0 vote to support NHA’s tax credit application
  • NHA and it’s developer partner, Ingerman, submitted it’s LIHTC application to DSHA on Friday, April 12, 2013. The application will be considered for 9% tax credits as a funding source for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights. Below is the latest architectural package for the site.
  • Below is a Cleveland Heights re-development update dated for March 13, 2013
  • Below are the conceptural site plans, the building configurations (1 – 4 bedroom units) and the building types for the future re-development of the Cleveland Heights development in partnership with the developer, Ingerman.
  • NHA submits a “Beautification Application” to the Longwood Foundation, Inc. for consideration in receiving funds to continue to make capital improvements to our housing stock.
  • BOC approves awarding Ingerman the Project Based Vouchers as they were the only responder to RFP 2013-01
  • NHA submits an application to the Delaware Community Foundation in consideration of receiving $7600 under the Foundation’s Equipment Grant.
  • BOC approves an addendum to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (section 8) by adopting a Project Based Voucher Program
  • NHA advertised (RFP 2013-01) the availability of up to 20 Project Based Section 8 Vouchers. The RFP was made available on Friday, January 11, 2013 and responses were due on February 1, 2013.

2012

  • NHA received several letters of support for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights from the City of Newark community.
  • NHA and its developer partner (Ingerman) submitted a HOME Fund application to New Castle County for consideration of receiving $600,000 as a funding source for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights. Notification of this application will be in mid March 2013
  • NHA and attorney (Reno & Cavanaugh) have successfully negotiated a Master Development Agreement with the developer (The Ingerman Group); and agreement was approved by the BOC.
  • BOC approves Board Resolution #377 authorizing NHA to partner with the Ingerman Group in submitting an application for consideration of HOME Funds through the New Castle County Department of Community Service. If awarded, funds will be used as a funding source for the re-development of Cleveland Heights.
  • BOC approves Board Resolution #378 authorizing NHA to develop a Project-Based Voucher Program as an amendment to the Administrative Plan for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • The Special Application Center has approved NHA’s most recent development plan to dispose of the entire site through a Long Term Ground Lease Transaction to the developer.
  • The Philadelphia HUD Office issued Certificates of Appreciation to NHA for receiving a High Performer status in both programs (Low Income Housing & Housing Choice Voucher).
  • The Congressional Delegation has provided NHA with a letter of support to redevelop Cleveland Heights on the entire parcel.
  • Mayor and Council pass Resolution No. 12-U by 7 to 0 vote to Support and Encourage Affordable Housing at Cleveland Heights.
  • NHA has entered into negotiations for the sale of a portion of the Cleveland Heights Development.
  • NHA submitted its modified letter to the SAC office outlining its proposed plan for the redevelopment of Cleveland Heights on a portion of the site.
  • BOC approved to start negotiations with Ingerman Group as a result of their response to RFQ 2012-01 (a developer partner for the re-development of Cleveland Heights).
  • BOC approved to start negotiations with Reno & Cavanaugh to represent NHA as the mixed finance attorney as a result of their response to the RFP 2012-01.
  • Installation of new flooring in some units (ongoing)
  • Repaired sidewalks and walkways (HA wide-ongoing)
  • Completion of kitchen renovations at the elderly sites
  • Installation of interconnected Combination Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors (HA wide)
  • Memorandum of Agreement/Improvement Plan with HUD closed out
  • CDBG 38th year: NHA awarded $55,000 to install 56 hot water heaters (2nd Phase of Energy Project)

2011

  • Launched a new website, newarkhousingauthority.net
  • Circulation of monthly newsletters; Neighborhood News (ongoing)
  • New flooring installed in some units (ongoing)
  • Repaired sidewalks & walkways (HA wide-ongoing)
  • Commissioners’ Fundamentals training for our board offered by an independent trainer
  • Commissioners’ Fundamentals training for our board offered by HUD
  • Improved scores on our Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Physical Inspections
  • Renovations to the exterior of the Administration Building
  • Renovations to some scattered sites (exterior and interior)
  • Energy Efficient Improvements (HA wide)
  • New storm doors installed (HA wide)
  • Installation of new roofs on some units (ongoing)
  • Continuation of kitchen renovations – Elderly Community
  • Adoption of a Non-Smoking Policy
  • Formation of a “duly recognized” Resident Advisory Board
  • PHAS Total Score: 91 and designated a Higher Performer in LIPH Program
  • SEMAP Score: 100% and designated a High Performer in HCV Program
  • CDBG 37th year: NHA awarded $55,000 for a Beautification Project at Elderly Site.
  • Improved scores on our Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Physical Inspections: 34 out of 40 possible points

2010

  • Joint Sunset Committee Review
  • New flooring installed in some units
  • Repair of sidewalks & walkways (HA wide-ongoing)
  • Renovations to some scattered sites (Exterior and Interior)
  • Energy Efficient Improvements (HA wide)
  • Installation of new roofs on some units (ongoing)
  • PHAS Total Score: 88 and designated a Standard Performer in LIPH Program
  • CDBG 36th year: NHA awarded $50,000 to install new kitchen cabinets at elderly site
  • Improved scores on our Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Physical Inspections: 23 out of 30 possible points

2009

  • New flooring installed in some units (ongoing)
  • Repair of sidewalks and walkways (ongoing)
  • Extensive tree trimming and removal (HA wide)
  • Updated Domestic Violence Policy
  • Energy Efficient Improvements (HA wide)
  • Installation of new smoke detectors (HA wide) CDBG funds
  • Installation of new roofs on some units (ongoing)
  • SEMAP Score: 95% and designated a High Performer in HCV Program
  • CDBG 35th year: NHA awarded $32,500 to replace smoke detectors (HA wide)

2008

  • Revised NHA’s Mission Statement
  • New flooring installed in some units
  • Repair of sidewalks and walkways (HA wide-ongoing)
  • Removal and trimming of trees (HA wide)
  • Commissioners Fundamentals training for our board offered by NAHRO
  • Installation of exterior motion detector safety lighting – Elderly Community
  • Installation of new roofs on some units (ongoing)
  • PHAS Total score: 85 and designated a Standard Performer in LIPH Program
  • CDBG 34th year: NHA awarded $50,000 to replace flooring at Elderly Community
  • Physical Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) score 25 out of 30 possible points

2007

  • Held Crime Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Workshops for our residents
  • New flooring installed in some units
  • Installation of needed fencing
  • Repair of sidewalks and walkways (HA wide-ongoing)
  • Removal and trimming of trees (HA wide)
  • Received approval for disposition of Cleveland Heights from HUD
  • Entered into DNREC Brownfields Program
  • Installation of new roofs on some units
  • Designated Troubled in LIPH Program; Entered into Memorandum of Agreement with HUD
  • SEMAP Score: 63% and designated a Standard Performer in HCV Program