Our History

Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of the Maryland Eastern Shore (DBA Interfaith Housing Delmarva) was incorporated on August 18, 1989 and designated a 501(c)(3) charitable organization on January 22, 1990. It was founded by various faith leaders on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and received assistance from the Enterprise Foundation to address the dilemma of the working poor being unable to afford quality, safe housing to raise a family.

At Interfaith's inception it relied heavily on a number of foundation grants for development and operations. The foundations providing those grants included: The Religious Institutions Program as Partners in Community Based Development; The Lily Endowment Inc., The Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund; The Spear Trust, and Coalition on Human Needs.

Interfaith also received and still receives much help from government programs through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Interfaith Housing Delmarva has dedicated its resources to preserving and developing affordable family, senior, and transitional housing units in small communities in nine counties on Delmarva. It also provides assistance through referrals to homeowners to rehabilitate housing in disrepair in Caroline and Kent Counties. Interfaith provides on-going counseling to families residing in its rental units.

Interfaith Housing Delmarva seeks to form partnerships with faith communities, towns, cities and individuals to acquire land for the development of workforce/affordable housing throughout its communities. Interfaith is interested in purchasing property that can be developed and rented to families who need help and also accepts donated housing that can be rehabilitated.