Hanifa G.N. Shabazz
4th District Council Member
Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, a native Wilmingtonian raised on the Eastside, was educated by the Wilmington public school system and is a graduate of Wilmington High School. Hanifa raised her three daughters in the Southbridge section of Wilmington and educated them in the public school system. She is very proud of her daughters and five grandchildren who reside and own homes in the 4th District.
An entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience, Council Member Shabazz brings a wealth of knowledge to offer the constituency of the Fourth District including innovative leadership and positive change. She was the first to implement the Neighborhood Assistance Act where a non-profit organization receives a financial contribution from a corporation and that corporation receives the benefit of a 50% tax credit.
In an effort to make the neighborhood streets safer, she conceived the “Light Up the Fourth District” initiative that empowered the community to identify blown, dimming or obstructed street lights in their community. Council Member Shabazz addressed the numerous complaints regarding downtown parking by convening a committee of parking and traffic authorities, and members the City’s administration to take a comprehensive look at parking from a legal, logistics, customer service and convenience perspective. The Parking Summit was attended by business owners, residents, and students.
Her latest efforts led to the development of the Southbridge Coalition for a Sustainable Community which was the first to enter into Delaware’s first Community Benefit Agreement with a corporation moving into their neighborhood. She also addressed the pressing economical empowerment issue through developing the PAID Program, a 12-week intensive Preparatory Apprentice Instruction Development Program that assists individuals in successfully passing the various construction trade union entrance exams.
“I look forward to continue working to empower my constituents with access to resources, knowledge of city policy and city government, therefore, ensuring they, too, are IN the middle of it all!”
Standing Committees of Council
Council Member Shabazz is chair of the Public Works & Transportation Committee. She is also a member of the following committees:
- Education, Youth & Families
- Housing, Licenses & Inspections
Contact City Council
Wilmington City Council
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071