About the Central Delaware Housing Collaborative, Inc (CDHC)
Founded in May 2018, the CDHC is a 501C3 non-profit organization made up of volunteers from other organizations that work with those experiencing homeless in Kent County.
The purpose of the Collaborative is to develop, lease, buy, or otherwise operate affordable housing for the homeless and low income residents of Kent County. The CDHC was formed to facilitate cooperation among diverse agencies, organizations, and businesses to address the issue of homelessness in Central Delaware. In 2020, the CDHC opened the House of Hope Women's Shelter in Dover. CDHC also currently has 2 women's supportive houses and one in development.
Mission Our mission is to help low income and homeless women and families find and secure housing in the Central Delaware area. The program is a formal partnership/network between housing providers, service providers, landlords and persons with barriers to housing.
Vision Our main vision is to decrease homelessness in Kent County. Other vision areas include: 1) Improve access to services and resources for clients of the Collaborative. 2) Create a self-sustaining organization. 3) Maintain permanent homes for the homeless and transitional housing for low income families. 4) Continue to have a committed staff and volunteer base that is supported by the Board.
CDHC Leadership Team Dr. Dan Houghtaling, CDHC Board President/Facilities Jeanine Kleimo, CDHC Advisor/Grants Herb Konowitz, CDHC Foundation/Finance
House of Hope Women's Shelter Team Chris Chacones, Associate Shelter Advocate/Coach (Direct Shelter Staff) Tia Fountain, Associate Shelter Advocate/Coach (Direct Shelter Staff) Helene McNelly, Live-in House Manager Karen Rowland, Case Manager Maxine Travis, MSW, Associate Shelter Advocate/Coach (Direct Shelter Staff) Paulette Winkfield, MSW, Social Worker/Case Manager