By now you may have heard the news that the Old Building That Sat Vacant On South Heald Is Now Southbridge Affordable Housing.

518 S. Heald St. in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood, has been an eyesore for quite some time.

Since the days of Martin Luther King Jr., the building has remained untouched except for increasing devastation.

According to Delaware Online, some claim the building had been set on fire following MLK Jr’s assassination.

Apparently, the building has remained vacant since the last commercial tenant left in 2010.

Then one day during the pandemic, two very generous souls decided to do something about the dilapidated building.

Since June of 2020, Marva Hammond and her father Charles Falletta have been rehabbing the site.

With the help of the community, volunteers and friends of their organization, they have turned the building into affordable housing.

The Non-profit Southbridge Community Services can now offer homeless senior veterans truly affordable housing opportunities.

On March 30th of 2023, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony held for the completed 10 units of affordable housing.

About Southbridge Community Services, Inc

Southbridge Community Services, Inc. was started by Hammond and Falletta in 2019. (SBCS) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization  that provides safe, affordable and beautiful efficiency style apartment rentals for homeless Delaware seniors exiting the New Castle County Hope Center. 

SBCS is a mixed-use space that will offer leased office space to local community agencies and or businesses. 


The Old Building That Sat Vacant On South Heald Is Now Southbridge Affordable Housing thanks to some very generous locals.

Take a look through the photos to see the transformation the building has gone through over the last three years.


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