City of Wilmington
The Housing Authority of Wilmington partnered with its planning coordinators to develop a transformation plan targeting the Southside section of Wilmington, which includes the Hillcrest Housing Development. Hillcrest is a distressed public housing site with a decaying infrastructure, outdated electrical systems and poor indoor air quality. The Southside section of Wilmington is located just south of downtown Wilmington and was once the state’s largest major commercial area. Southside struggled as the 20th century waned, and in the 1960s the district began a prolonged period of economic decline and social disinvestment. The neighborhood poverty rate is 35 percent and local schools are underperforming. Through the Choice Neighborhoods Transportation Plan, the Housing Authority and its partners will capitalize on the already existing Southside Small-Area Plan, a land-use development initiative focused on bringing quality economic development to the underserved neighborhood. The Housing Authority also plans to increase community involvement with local schools, identify and address shortfalls in community amenities such as parks and sidewalks, tap into existing relationships with local foundations, establish linkages in other government funding opportunities, and create a framework of planning and engagement committees to achieve a vision that serves the entire community.