Mission Statement | History | Awards



DSHA'S MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Delaware State Housing Authority is to efficiently provide, and assist others to provide, quality, affordable housing opportunities and appropriate supportive services to low- and moderate-income Delawareans.



DSHA'S HISTORY

The Delaware State Housing Authority was created in 1968 as a public corporation in the Delaware State Department of Housing. In 1970, DSHA became part of the Department of Community Affairs and later, in 1987, joined the Delaware Economic Development Office. Recognizing the critical services provided by DSHA, Governor Thomas R. Carper established DSHA as an independent authority in the Executive Department in 1998, with its Director, Susan Frank, reporting directly to the Governor as a member of the Cabinet. This historical step cemented the role of affordable housing as a key aspect of State policy.

Since 1968, when the Delaware General Assembly appropriated $100,000 for first-year operations, DSHA's assets have grown to more than $500 million. The greatest period of growth has occurred since 1975, when the Authority first began issuing tax-exempt revenue bonds.

DSHA has the power to make loans and grants to both for-profit and non-profit housing sponsors; to make loans to mortgage lenders and require that they use the proceeds to make new residential mortgage loans; to apply for and receive subsidies from the federal government and other sources; and to issue its own bonds and notes.

In addition to its role as the State's Housing Finance Agency, DSHA is unique in that it is also serves as a Public Housing Authority and acts as a Community Development and Planning Agency. As a Public Housing Authority, DSHA receives funding from HUD to build, own and operate public housing in Kent and Sussex counties, two of Delaware's three counties.



AWARDS


2014

  • COSCDA Sterling Achievement Award for Homelessness - State Rental Assistance Program

2013

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit - Loans for Heroes
  • 18th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NCSHA Annual Awards for Program Excellence, Special Needs Housing - State Rental Assistance Program
  • University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Friend of Extension Award

2012

  • NAHRO MARC NAHRO Award of Merit-SRAP-Program Innovation
  • 17th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award

2011

  • NCSHA 2011 Annual Awards-Homeownership-Program Excellence-Empowering New Buyers
  • 16th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • Office of Management and Budget/Human Resources Management-Governor's Team Excellence Award-SRAP Program
  • NAHRO Award of Merit-NIBP New Construction Set-Aside
  • Governor's Team Excellence Award - Finalist - IADAPT

2010

  • NAHRO MARC-NAHRO Outstanding Achievement-Snapshots of Often Overlooked
  • 15th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO Award of Merit-Leveraging DHP Loans to Fund SMAL

2009

  • NAHRO Award of Merit-Hulling Cove Rehabilitation & Modernization-Program Innovation in Affordable Housing
  • 14th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO MARC-NAHRO Outstanding Achievement-Hulling Cove Rehabilitation & Modernization-Project Design
  • NAHRO MARC-NAHRO Outstanding Achievement-Hulling Cove Rehabilitation & Modernization-Program Innovation
  • NCSHA 2009 Annual Awards-Homeownership-Program Excellence-Empowering New Buyers

2008

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Speakman Place-Program Innovation in Affordable Housing
  • 13th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • Tax Credit Coalition Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award-Old Landing II Apartments-Affordable Housing
  • PennDel AHMA Industry Partner Award-DSHA
  • NAHRO Robert S. Moyer Award-Sandy Johnson

2007

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Rejuvenation Homeownership Program-Program Innovation in Affordable Housing
  • 12th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award-Chandler Heights I

2006

  • NAHRO Award of Merit-Delaware Resident Energy Summit
  • 11th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Delaware Resident Energy Summit-Administrative Innovation

2005

  • NAHRO MARC-NAHRO Award of Merit-Central YMCA SRO
  • 10th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • COSCDA Sterling Achievement-DE Live Near Your Work Program

2004

  • 9th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Delawareans Save! Program-Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services
  • State Personnel Office Excellence and Commitment in State Service-Patricia Conley
  • Dover Historical Society Preservation Award-Paton House
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Certificate of Appreciation - Efforts in Furthering Homeownership Goals

2003

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-MTW Video Program-Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services
  • 8th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-MTW Program-Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Delaware Homeless Management Information System-Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services

2002

  • 7th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • Delaware Office of Volunteerism Governor's Outstanding Volunteer-Rita Paige

2001

  • 6th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award

2000

  • HUD Best Practices-DSHA-Outstanding Achievement
  • 5th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Challenge Grant Program-Program Innovation in Affordable Housing

1999

  • NARC DC Sponsor Achievement-NARCDC's Emergency Home Repair Project-Outstanding Support
  • 4th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • DCRAC Community Service Award-Bernadette McCabe

1998

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Neighborhood Revitalization Fund Program-Program Innovation in Community Revitalization
  • 3rd Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Certificate of Excellence - Management Operations - High Performer

1997

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Drug Elimination Program-Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services
  • 2nd Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • Division of Family Services Office of Prevention Village Merit Award-Rita Paige

1996

  • Government Finance Officers Association National Accounting and Financial Reporting Award
  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Move on Up Program-Administrative Innovation
  • Division of Family Services Office of Prevention Village Merit Award-Rita Paige

1995

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-DHP-Program Innovation in Economic Impact
  • NCSHA Annual Award of Merit-Rental Housing-Program Excellence in Encouraging New Production
  • Innovations in American Government Award-DE Housing Partnership-Semifinalist
  • HUD Sustained Performance Award for years 1993-1995-Public Housing Management

1993

  • NAHRO National Award of Merit-Public Housing Management Assessment Program
  • HUD Sustained Performance Award for years 1992-1993-DSHA-Public Housing Management