Department of Real Estate & Housing

The mission of the Department of Real Estate and Housing is to improve the quality of life for residents in the City of Wilmington by increasing the supply of affordable housing, improving housing markets and the quality of existing housing stock, promoting self-sufficiency, and engaging in activities to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods.

Real Estate & Housing is...

The City's 6th smallest department with a total FY 2020 General Fund budget of $1,839,035.

It accounts for 1.1% of the General Fund.

The Department also receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD awarded the City a total of $3,909,886 in FY 2019.

About Real Estate & Housing

The Department plans, allocates, and administers Federal, State, and local resources for the benefit of persons of low- and moderate-income and the neighborhoods in which they live, involving residents to the greatest extent feasible in decisions that affect their lives. In carrying out this mission, the Department partners with other City departments, government agencies, the private sector, and other organizations that share its goals.


The Department is committed to developing inclusive programs that address the needs of the City's residential neighborhoods, so that current and future residents receive decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities that are available to current and future residents.


At left is the Village of St. John, a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project developed by the Ministry of Caring that offers affordable housing for low-income seniors (ages 62 and older). The Department helped fund the project's construction by allocating $300,000 in Federal grant money received from the Department of Housing & Urban Development's HOME Investment Partnership Program.

FY 2020 Year-to-Date Expenditures by Fund*

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FY 2020 Year-to-Date Expenditures by Type*

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How Many People Work for Real Estate & Housing?


Housing Rehabilitation Loans Issued by the Department


Public Service Grants Issued by the Department


Federal Funding Levels Over Past 10 Years


Real Estate & Housing Strategic Plan

Citywide Goal: Improve Housing Quality

Objective: Increase the number of permanent housing units available for low/moderate income families/individuals through the development of new quality housing stock and the rehabilitation of existing units.


These efforts are focused on home-ownership opportunities, rental units, or a combination of both. The Department looks to partner with established developers to leverage its funding. It should be noted that given the lead time necessary to move a project from conception to occupancy, success is measured by the commitment of funds to projects.


In tandem with the development of new housing, the Department rehabilitates existing housing units that are currently occupied by low/moderate income residents. This is an effort to assure existing owners that they will be able to maintain their home and will not be pushed out by new development. It is the belief of the Department that in order for a community to grow and thrive, different and varied groups of individuals need to be part of the growth of the City.

Citywide Goal: Enhance City Services

Objective: Expend at least 80% of federal grant funds awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) within the fiscal year they were awarded.


Federal grants complement the development of housing by funding services necessary for communities to thrive. The Department of Real Estate & Housing has chosen to measure the percentage of funds expended within a fiscal year because numerous outside groups rely on the prompt receipt of this funding to address a multitude of needs in the City’s communities.

Real Estate & Housing Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Budget

Total FY 2020 General Fund Budget: $1,839,035

Total FY 2019 General Fund Budget: $1,766,462

Total Decrease from FY 2019: $72,573

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Major Funding Changes from Prior Year:

  • Personal Services, an account group that includes salaries and benefits, increased by $10,043. This is largely because of a citywide allowance for an up to 2% cost of living adjustment for eligible employees and an increase in Regular Salaries from the previous year.
  • In the Materials, Supplies & Equipment (MS&E) account group, the Miscellaneous Projects line increased by $414,800. $400,000 of that amount will be used to support Wilmington's Beautiful City Initiative (WBCI). Launched in 2017, the WBCI is a sustained drive by City government and the community to keep the City clean. The $400,000 increase will be used to hire local residents to clean streets and neighborhoods, providing them with an opportunity to earn money throughout the summer while providing an important benefit for the entire city.
  • The Internal Services account group, which includes services that are budgeted in the City's Internal Service Funds and charged back to departments depending on their use of those services, decreased by $223,234. This is because of the elimination of chargebacks for IT services and the creation of a new Department of Information Technologies in the General Fund.
  • Debt Service decreased by $126,353 per the existing debt service schedule.

Click here to read more about Real Estate & Housing's FY 2020 Budget.