Crestview Apartment residents and the surrounding community have only one stop to make to tap resources that will help them become self-sufficient. The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) turned some basement offices into a center that offers hands-on instruction using computers, a job resume library, and financial literacy and homeownership counseling. Wilmington Housing Authority Executive Director Fred Purnell, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Delaware Field Office Director Maria Bynum, WHA Deputy Director Karen Spellman, WHA Board of Directors Chair Holloway and others help cut the ribbon on the One Stop Shop.
The Center has three desktop computers, three laptops and a clothes closet of donated business attire. Offering these and other sources under one roof in partnership with other agencies can add up to cost savings for the WHA. The Food Bank of Delaware, the Delaware Workforce Investment Board and several faith based organizations are helping residents through the one stop shop. The concept behind this effort is to teach residents the skills and offer information that will help them lead independent, productive and successful lives.
Officials and Crestview Apartment residents celebrate the Center's grand opening.
HUD Senior Management Analyst David Sillery tests one of the computer lab workstations.