For the first time in its 11-year history, the Arts & Humanities Award was given to an alumnus of Delaware Technical & Community College.

For the first time in its 11-year history, the Arts & Humanities Award was given to an alumnus of Delaware Technical & Community College.

David W. Moore, president and CEO of Milford Housing Development Corporation in Milford, was honored for his humanitarian efforts, notably his commitment to provide affordable housing to low-income families.

Established in 1997, this award is given annually by the college to honor an individual, business, or organization for outstanding accomplishments in artistic or humanitarian endeavors which have positively impacted our community.

A fourth generation native of southern Delaware and a resident of Felton, Moore enrolled at Delaware Tech after high school and completed his associate’s degree in engineering technology/construction management in 1984. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from California Coast University in 1998.

After working for several years and gaining experience in the building trades and construction industry, Moore was recruited by NCALL Research, Inc. to provide nationwide consulting and technical assistance to developers of affordable housing – in particular with “self-help” housing construction, in which teams of families work under supervision to build each other’s homes.

It was during the same period that Moore became a founder of Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity. He served on its board from 1990 to 1999 and was the on-site construction supervisor for the first Habitat home built in Kent County.

Upon his recruitment by the non-profit MHDC in 2000, Moore began an incredible journey of transformation and achievement – a journey to which he is totally committed.

When he assumed the leadership of the MHDC, it had eight housing units under construction and $7 million in assets. Today, the agency is a vibrant and fully-staffed state and regional provider of affordable housing for ownership, rental and emergency purposes.

In the past six years MHDC has built new homes for 350 individuals and rental apartments for another 450 people in Sussex County. Now, MHDC has 11 projects in development from the Seaford-Laurel area to Smyrna, representing 310 new units of housing, including 80 units of affordable rental housing, and assets totaling more than $20 million. As additional testimony to Moore’s commitment, MHDC is completely renovating one of its first projects, an 11-unit apartment complex in Milford.

Moore continues to blaze a trail with MHDC. The agency recently assumed the assets and program responsibilities of Interfaith Mission of Sussex County, enabling its clients to continue to receive critical housing services.

Giving even more, Moore works diligently to provide full service homeowner and financial education for his clients and also to identify sources of financing and rent support for them. He is asked often for advice and consultation by many Delaware and regional non-profit housing organizations and state agencies – and he provides it freely.

This journey has earned him recognition on the local, state and national levels. During October 2007, on the occasion of MHDC’s 30th anniversary, Moore accepted special proclamations for his work from Gov. Minner and the Delaware State Legislature. He also was chosen as a panel presenter for the Sussex County Today and Tomorrow Conference.

Other recognition includes a tribute and contribution from the Sussex County Council and the 2007 Community Award from First State Community Action Agency for partnering with the agency on various housing projects. 

Moore has been involved in other related activities over the years. Currently, he is chairman of the board for Felton Bank, a board member of the National Rural Housing Coalition in Washington, D.C., and was recently appointed to serve on a blue-ribbon committee at ING Direct, to advise the nation’s largest Internet bank on the implementation of tax credit programs in rural areas.

A successful and dedicated leader who is committed to the well being of others, Moore has accomplished much in a few years. He has made his mark, and an untold number of residents in Sussex and Kent counties have a better quality of life because of his unselfish efforts.