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First State ready to hand out Delaware Resilience fund dollars

Kelli Steele
Delaware Public Media

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for the new Delaware Resilience fund.

The state established the fund to assist families and communities devastated by the tornadoes and other storms on August 4 and August 7.


DEMA spokesperson Jeff Sands notes there are two categories for the program. The first one is for direct assistance to qualifying individuals.

"This can assist with emergency home repairs, insurance deductible assistance, property clean up to assist in making your your home and your property usable. That's really an important thing we want to get people the help that they need."

Eligibility is based on Milford Housing Development Corporation and income limit guidelines. To apply, you have to call the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 1-844-413-0038.

Sands explains why limit guidelines are in place.

"We want to make sure that the people that really need the assistance are getting the help that they need so we don't want necessarily somebody that maybe has a tree down and just doesn't want to pay for it we really want to target this program to people that financially cannot afford to have their homes repaired."

Sands explains what the second category addresses.

"Providing financial support to volunteer groups, non-profit, and religious organizations that are helping with the recovery efforts so we can help provide funding to support the immediate relief like sheltering and short-term housing for people, basic necessities, transportation needs, clean up, and then some of the longer-term things such as mental health and counseling, rebuilding and reconstruction."

Applications are due by September 4th, with the initial round of awards expected to be announced on September 14th. 


Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.