Our Mission

As the largest direct provider of affordable housing opportunities in the State of Delaware, we’re committed to developing, providing, and managing safe, and affordable housing for low-income families in the city of Wilmington. Funded primarily by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, our mission is to provide well-maintained, decent, and safe housing in a professional, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner.

Our Vision

To create programs that help resident’s improve their economic standing, self sufficiency and increase community involvement. To engage private and public stakeholders on innovative projects that positively impact the city of Wilmington. To improve transparency and accountability in our business practices, and to identify and implement solutions that will help our residents and communities thrive.

Administering nearly 1900 housing choice vouchers in a variety of programs

Managing nearly 2000 units of public, tax credit and market rate housing

Serving over 7000 low to moderate-income residents of the city of Wilmington

Annual combined operating, capital, and voucher program budgets

We’re upgrading facilities, implementing green building practices, improving operational efficiency, and so much more. In short, we’re changing public housing in Wilmington from “the housing of last resort” to a home of new opportunity.

WHA Governance

John C. Carney

John C. Carney

Governor of Delaware

Mike Purzycki

Mike Purzycki

Mayor of Wilmington

Matthew S. Meyer

Matthew S. Meyer

County Executive (New Castle)

Executive Director & Board of Commissioners

Eugene Rudder

Eugene Rudder

Executive Director

Background

Betty Lewis

Betty Lewis

Board Member

Background

Betty is a WHA resident who previously served on the board before being removed as a commissioner by the former board chairman. Lewis has lived at the WHA’s Herlihy Apartments for more than 30 years and is an advisor to the Herlihy Resident Council. She is also Chairperson of the WHA’s Resident Advisory Board, which serves as a liaison between WHA residents and management. Betty is a registered Democrat.
Steven Washington

Steven Washington

Board Member

Background

 Steven is a lifelong City resident who ran last year as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Wilmington. Washington has a master’s degree in education and has worked in the education field for 26 years. He is currently a special education teacher at the Talley Middle School. Washington, who attended the former Wilmington High School before being bused to McKean High School as part of the school desegregation process, also serves on the Board of Directors of Norfolk State University. Steven is a registered Independent.
Earl T. Jeter

Earl T. Jeter

Board Member

Background

A Certified Public Accountant and Principal at Jeter & Johnson, LLC, a CPA firm in Wilmington. An Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University and was previously employed as City Auditor of the City of Wilmington, Chief Financial Officer for Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, an Internal Revenue Service Agent and 10 years with public accounting firms.
Vincent White

Vincent White

Board Member

Background

Vincent is a local realtor and advocate for tenant rights and fair housing policies and is the only holdover from the current WHA board. He is also the Vice President of Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware and the Vice Chair of the Delaware Council on Housing. White is a former member of the New Castle County Board of Ethics, a former member of the Delaware Human Relations Commission and past President of the Delaware Real Estate Commission. Vincent is a registered Democrat.

Matthew Heckles

Matthew Heckles

Board Member

Background

Matthew is the former Director of Finance, Policy and Planning for the Delaware State Housing Authority who is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Heckles is a member of the Delaware Housing Coalition, past President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Rehabilitation Organizations (NAHRO) and a former member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. Matthew is a registered Democrat.
Timothy Crawl-Bey

Timothy Crawl-Bey

Board Member

Background

Timothy is the former Director of Wilmington’s Real Estate and Housing Department. He is the owner of Timothy Crawl-Bey & Associates, a real estate development and consulting firm. He is also the Executive Director of the Inter-Neighborhood Foundation (INF), a non-profit housing developer that concentrates on revitalizing neighborhoods in East Side, and Midtown Brandywine as well as east of I-95 and north of the Brandywine River. Timothy is a registered Democrat.
Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen

Board Member

Background

Ben is an Information Technology Manager with the Wilmington law firm of Richards, Layton and Finger. He sought an At-Large seat on Wilmington City Council in 2016. Cohen earned bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in political science from the University of Delaware. Cohen serves as the New Jersey and Delaware Director of the Youth Bible Quizzing program for the United Pentecostal Church. Cohen is immediate past President of the Midtown Brandywine Neighbors Association. Ben is a registered Republican.
Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Board Member

Background

Steve is the Executive Director of the non-profit Wilmington Housing Partnership (WHP). Steve reports to a Board of Directors and manages a staff that works to strengthen neighborhoods in danger of deterioration in Wilmington. WHP partners with local non-profit and private entities to acquire, rehabilitate, demolish and construct quality new affordable housing for homeownership. The WHP’s mission is to stabilize neighborhoods, increase housing values, and reduce blight. Steve is a registered Democrat.
James Spadola

James Spadola

Board Member

Background

James is a police officer with the City of Newark, Delaware. He is also an Army veteran who served a year-long tour in Iraq in 2003. With a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration, Spadola is widely known for creating several community outreach programs as a police officer including the #HugACop campaign. He is a board member of his North Broom Street Condominium Association, Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 and Vice President of the Delaware Avenue Community Association. James is a registered Republican.

Senior Staff

Donna Starkey-Ford

Housing Choice Voucher Program

Rosemarie Bizune

Finance

Christine Arnold

Deputy Special Assistant

Sarah Babaian

Information Technology

Karen Spellman

Deputy Executive Director

Roger Turk

Capital Projects and Development

Tyrone Malcom

Maintenance

Erin Hutt

Special Assistant to E.D.

Sandra Rosmini

Housing Chief

Kathi Sulsky

Human Resources

Sandella Burkholder

Executive Office

Irmina Williams

Community & Supportive Services