H.O.M.E.S Campaign

The H.O.M.E.S. Campaign (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, and Stability) firmly believes Housing is a Human Right.

We are local residents, unhoused community members, educators, and advocates working to develop a housing policy agenda that is focused on:

  • Creating high quality affordable renter-ship opportunities;
  • Creating fair opportunities for home ownership;
  • Ending homelessness; and
  • Ensuring accessible housing options for returning residents. 

What We Believe

  • Housing is Human Right, NOT a commodity to be bought and sold for profit.
  • Housing should and must be affordable, healthy, and safe.
  • Housing must be accessible to all people—those experiencing mental health challenges, people with disabilities, individuals returning from prison, unaccompanied youth, veterans, and groups historically excluded from housing—specifically Black and Brown residents.
  • Housing should be community controlled and owned.

Change we seek

Poverty should not be a crime. It's time for this system to change. We demand Delaware stop trapping poor communities in cycles of debt and criminalization. To do so, we specifically demand five key changes:

  • Protection of renters and mortgage holders from displacement.
  • Rent control to ensure low-income residents are not priced out of their homes and communities.
  • A moratorium and repeal of all laws that criminalize unhoused individuals.
  • Protection and housing access for residents returning from prison.
  • The creation of at least 50% of units of affordable housing for all new housing developments.
  • Community oversight and ownership of at least 50% of all abandoned/neglected properties; including those owned by the Wilmington Land Bank.

Take Action

We meet twice a month. Contact Co-Campaign Coordinator Ann Aviles at amaviles@udel.edu to join our mailing list, get involved, or find out more.