DIVISIONS

Director's Office

Anas Ben Addi, Director

The Director's Office oversees the direction and vision of DSHA. Originally created in 1968, DSHA was elevated to Cabinet level status in the Executive Department of state government in 1998. DSHA employs on average 135 staff in 7 departments, with offices in Dover and Wilmington, Delaware.

Policy & Planning

Marlena Gibson, Director of Policy & Planning

Under the Director's Office, the Policy & Planning staff works with legislative issues, including information concerning federal, state and local legislation affecting the affordable housing industry, as well as compiles housing data, research, and strategic planning.

For more information, please visit the following pages:
Summary Matrix of FY 2013 - 15 Priorities
Quarterly Delaware Affordability Gap Chart
Delaware Housing Fact Sheet
U.S. and Delaware Homeownership and Vacancy Rates

Administration

Cynthia A. Karnai, Chief Operating Officer

The Administration section is responsible for DSHA's human resource functions, contracting, check issuance, audit reports, data processing and all IT functions. It is also the principal contact for investor relations on existing bond issues.

Public Relations

Public Relations is the liaison for media, constituents and the community. This section also produces the Annual Report, Housing Services Directory, marketing material, brochures, and agency presentations and attends community events.

Development

Susan Eliason, Director of Housing Development

The Development section is responsible for overseeing the acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable rental and for-sale financing, predevelopment loans, challenge grants, tax credit compliance monitoring and State Housing Code enforcement. Development administers the Housing Development Fund, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and HOME Programs. Development also administers DSHA bond-financed properties, project-based rental assistance for non-DSHA owned subsidized rental sites and acts as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Development staff also administers federal community development and homeless planning programs. They are responsible for the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grants Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and the annual Consolidated and Action Plans

Housing Finance

Vanessa McCall, Director of Housing Finance

The Housing Finance section handles the administration of acquisition, rehabilitation and development finance programs, and issuance of single family and multi-family mortgage revenue bonds. It is the principal contact for investor relations on new bond issues and Community Reinvestment Act activities, and provides technical assistance on homeownership mortgage lending.

Housing Management

Christopher A. Whaley, Director of Housing Management

Housing Management manages DSHA's Public Housing sites. It also administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8), the Moving To Work Program, and oversees Resident Services.