NEWS RELEASE: Registration for Wilmington’s Homeowner Repair Lottery opens Today, Friday, March 1

Friday, March 1, 2024

Registration for Wilmington’s Homeowner Repair Lottery opens Today,
Friday, March 1

Homeowners who qualify could receive repairs worth up to $10,000; on March 19, lottery winners will be selected  

Wilmington, DE – Wilmington City Council, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, and Real Estate and Housing Director Bob Weir announced details of the city’s second home repair lottery. Registration for the lottery opens today, Friday, March 1, and will remain open until March 15. A live lottery drawing will be broadcast on Tuesday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. on the Comcast Network, WITN channel 22.

The lottery process ensures that all those who register have an equal chance of being selected. Residents who wish to enter the lottery are encouraged to contact the City’s Customer Service Center at 311 starting today. It is important for callers to provide them with their name, address, phone number and email address when making a call. All registrations must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Residents can also participate in the lottery online through the 311 reporting process by clicking here.

Home repair projects for 85 available slots were filled by 82 homeowners during the December lottery. A total of 88 names will be selected to participate in this latest lottery, and RE&H staff will review their income and other eligibility requirements before confirming their participation.
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki (left) and City Council President Trippi Congo (right) participated in the Wilmington Homeowner Repair Lottery Drawing on December 20, 2023. Photos by Yesenia Taveras, director of communications for Wilmington City Council.

Eligibility Details
Homeowners who applied for the first lottery in December, but weren’t chosen, are eligible to apply again for this new lottery. The lottery is not available to homeowners who have received a repair assistance grant from the City within the last three years. To ensure that funding is available to those with the greatest need, Wilmington’s Homeowner Repair Program has an income eligibility limit.

Income Eligibility Chart

City of Wilmington Income Limits (eff. date July 15, 2023)100% Area Median Income
Household Size Income Limit
1 person $ 78,125
2 persons $ 89,250
3 persons $ 100,438
4 persons $ 111,563
5 persons $ 120,500
6 persons $129,438
7 persons $ 138,375
8 persons $ 147,313

Income-eligible applicants may receive up to $10,000 in repairs, including:

  • roof repair/replacement

  • HVAC repair/replacement

  • Weatherization

  • window/door replacement

  • electric or lighting repairs

  • plumbing

  • masonry repairs

  • structural/safety repairs

  • railing and safety issues

  • handicapped accessibility

  • and exterior painting, among others.

Funding Details
This program will receive $1.7 million from the $4 million newly established Neighborhood Stabilization Fund. In adopting the City’s proposed Operating Budget of $182.6 million and Water/Sewer Utility Budget of $84.5 million, Council ensured that adequate funding was available to address Neighborhood Stabilization, including for seniors aging in place, facade repairs, home repairs, down payment assistance, and beautification of the City as a whole. Having established the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, Council continues its efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents.

You can find more information about the Wilmington Homeowner Repair Program here.


MEDIA INQUIRIES:Yesenia TaverasDirector of Communications, Wilmington City CouncilOffice: (302)576-2585
Mobile: (302)757-5748Email: ytaveras@wilmingtonde.govCity Council Website: 


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