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Former Shelter Residents Get Keys to Their Own Home

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DOVER, Del. – Three former shelter residents have a house to call their own after the ribbons to the home were cut Tuesday afternoon. The Delaware State Housing Authority and the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing came together to create Dover Interfaith Mission's first permanent supportive housing residence in Dover.

Daniel Smith, one of the new residents, couldn't believe that he was now able to walk into his own home.

"This is beautiful," Smith said taking a look around his new bedroom. "This is not something that was expected for at least another 10 to 15 years to come if even that."

Smith said it was back in 2010 that he was laid off of work and had not family or friends to turn to for help. After spending some time living out in the woods he went to a local police station where they told him about Dover Interfaith Mission.

The Ross Street home was previously foreclosed and vacant prior to renovations done to the house. This is the 500th home assisted through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program that helped. It was completed renovated for the men moving in.

"We started with a roof, tore the roof off, put the new roof back on. All the dry wall was removed, new installation was put in, brand new appliances, refinished the floors, did the landscaping outside," said Herb Konowitz with Dover Interfaith Mission. "This is all with our men. We're pretty proud of it."

Konowitz said it was men from their shelter that came together to do the work on the home.

Three men who were down on their luck will now share a place to live in Dover.

For more information on Dover Interfaith Mission, visit their website at www.doverinterfaithmission.org.

For more information on the Delaware Housing Authority, visit their website at www.destatehousing.com.

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