The H.O.M.E.S. Campaign organizes and engages local communities across the state, including Kent and Sussex Counties, to understand and advocate for the local and statewide policy solutions needed to realize housing as a human right in Delaware.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Housing is a Human Right, NOT a commodity to be bought and sold for profit.
Housing should and must be affordable, healthy, and safe.
Housing must be accessible to all people—those experiencing mental health challenges, people with disabilities, individuals returning from prison, unaccompanied youth, veterans, and groups historically excluded from housing—specifically Black and Brown residents.
Housing should be community controlled and owned.
Immediate placement of all unhoused residents in hotels/motels.
Coordinated, consistent outreach to connect unhoused individuals to needed services.
Community input and transparency for all allocated housing/service funding.
Moratorium on evictions, rent/mortgage and utilities. (See Rep. Omar’s proposal in Congress)
Emergency fund to provide legal services to tenants post COVID-19 moratorium.
ORGANIZING FOR HOUSING JUSTICE
The Housing Summit
In early 2020 a small group of committed volunteers, who were concerned about housing justice in the city of Wilmington, organized the Housing Summit. Over 150 participants were in attendance, from homeowners to renters to unhoused community members to community organizers and leaders.
During the Summit, participants shared their ideas on how to achieve housing justice in four main areas: Renters, Homeowners, Ending Homelessness, and Returning Residents.
While the Summit focused on the city of Wilmington, it became clear that many of these issues were visible throughout the state.