Who Are We
Inter-Neighborhood Foundation of Wilmington (INF) is a nonprofit organization that is under the leadership of recently appointed Executive Director, Timothy Crawl-Bey. INF is a real estate developer that has been revitalizing the East Side and the Midtown Brandywine communities of Delaware since 1981. INF recently expanded its service area to include neighborhoods east of 1-95 and north of the Brandywine River. The expansion is part of its new strategic vision, which is also shared by the City of Wilmington.
INF was created to ensure residential integrity, eliminate blight and to prevent the displacement of residents with limited means of income. INF was created to promote social, cultural and economic diversity, ultimately improving the quality of life that is available to residents within the community.
Inter-Neighborhood Foundation of Wilmington was established in 1981. It was created to eliminate blight, promote social, cultural and economic diversity, insure residential integrity, prevent the displacement of low-income residents, and improve the quality of life for residents in the Brandywine Gateway Community. Today,
INF serves the following (15) communities:
Brandywine Hills | Brandywine Village | Midtown Brandywine | Eastside | Upper Eastside | Price’s Run | Riverside | Eastlawn | Eastlake | Harlan | Triangle | 9th Ward Area | 11th Street Bridge | Washington Heights | Downtown
INF initiated its Home Improvement Program (HIP) and coordinated construction and repair projects for low income home owners. INF replaced roofs, remodeled kitchens, and replaced plumbing infrastructure. More than 70 neighborhood homes received general reparations through INF’s Home Improvement Program. In addition, HIP provided over 110 low interest loans to homeowners for emergency repairs.
In the 1980’s, INF also planned and implemented a project to build the Wilson Place Homes; a project that built 17 new homes and rebuilt 6 others.
In the 1990’s, INF began a 10-year journey to encourage housing investment and economic development on the 13th Street Corridor. INF designed and implemented the Thirteenth Street Improvement Project, Wilmington’s first streetscape improvement project. This project transformed the 13th Street Corridor into an aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian friendly area. INF’s commitment to physically improving the 13th Street Corridor added approx. $5,000 in equity per unit in the area.
Soon after, INF constructed and sold 7 homes on the 300 block of 13th street, and 9 more on the 1300 block of Wilson Street. INF also completely renovated 3 homes on the 300 block of 13 street and 6 homes on the 1300 block of Wilson Street, and acquired and restored a building on 13th and French Street. Managed by INF, this property consisted of 7 affordable rental units and an office space.
INF changed its name to Brandywine Gateway Neighbors and created a 5-year plan to redevelop the Brandywine Village neighborhood. BGN acquired, redeveloped and sold 16 homes in the area. The prices of those homes ranged from $86,000-$165,000. The home purchased for 165,000 was reappraised in 2004 for 215,000, an increased property value of 23%.
The organization was renamed Inter-Neighborhood Foundation. In 2006, INF renovated and sold 3 homes, historically preserved 2 others, and issued 9 Home Improvement Loans. In 2010, Inter-Neighborhood Foundation collaborated with the Eastside Blueprint Community to develop a five-year plan for the Eastside neighborhood. INF also collaborated with the City of Wilmington’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program and acquired 6 properties in the Eastside. After renovating the homes, 3 were sold to low and moderate income families. INF also redeveloped 5 other homes in the area.
For more information on INF’s current activities, click here.
Board of Directors
Joel D. Stango
Tim has over 21 years of experience in housing finance, housing development, community development and various public policy issues. As the former Director of Real Estate & Housing for the City of Wilmington, Tim served as Mayor James Baker’s lead policy advisory on housing issues, was engaged in the development of over 2500 housing units, and helped establish several creative means of housing finance, including the City’s Housing Strategic Fund. Prior to that, Tim served as Executive Director of a local non-profit organization, where he increased the non-profit’s net assets by over $7 million, re-positioned the agency’s loan portfolio, and developed several new housing projects, both single family and multi-family. Tim also served as Executive Assistant to former Wilmington Mayor Jim Sills. In that capacity, Tim was the Mayor’s primary speechwriter and a lead policy advisor on issues related to housing, privatization, and infrastructure.
In July 2012, Tim formed Timothy Crawl-Bey & Associates, a real estate advisory and management consulting firm. Tim has worked with a variety of clients, including local governmental entities, non- profits, and for-profit developers and contractors. Tim’s work has included but is not limited to: consulting a governmental client on a condo development that includes 88 apartment units and a new firehouse; providing technical assistance and project management services to a non-profit that was implementing a re-development initiative in a suburban New Castle County community; providing organizational structure and management consulting services to a technology start-up in Northern Virginia; providing project management, contract negotiation, and/or real estate advisory services to non-profit housing developers in Delaware and Michigan and; co-authoring the Wilmington Eastside Neighborhood Investment Plan for the Wilmington Housing Partnership.
In July 2015, Tim assumed the duties as Executive Director of InterNeighborhood Foundation of Wilmington, or INF, a non-profit housing developer that has traditionally served the Midtown Brandywine and Eastside Neighborhoods of Wilmington. Tim is leading a new strategic effort in which INF will be expanding its geographic reach as well as broadening its real estate development activities.
Tim has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a MPA from the University of Delaware, where he was a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society. Tim holds numerous certifications in the areas of housing finance, community based economic development, and housing development. Tim is a member of the board of First State Community Action Agency and co-chair of the Northeast Wilmington Blueprint Community, a community revitalization effort. Tim has previously served on the boards of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment officials (DE NAHRO), Christina Cultural Arts Center, and First State Community Loan Fund. Tim has also served as President of the Wilmington Housing Partnership, the Delaware Association for Public Administration, and as Board Chair of the Downtown YMCA.