As of December 31, 2020, the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP) is not currently accepting new applications from the general public. New rental assistance funded by the recent relief bill is expected be available in early 2021; availability and program changes will be announced on the DEHAP webpage in the coming weeks once details are finalized.

Landlords and tenants who are referred by the Justice of the Peace Court through dispute resolution or mediation may continue to submit applications and will need to provide a case number to do so. Submitting a case number does not guarantee an application will be accepted; the referral must be confirmed by the Justice of the Peace Court. Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí.

Eligibility Information
There are requirements for both tenants and property owners. The tenant must:

  1. Be a Delaware resident;
  2. Provide documentation showing an impact on employment and/or income beginning March 10, 2020 or later that is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes such instances as a layoff, reduced work hours or needing to take unpaid leave due to childcare or other issues arising as a result of the health crisis;
  3. Have a maximum current household income (at time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income for the county of residence.

Income eligibility per county is as follows:

Maximum Income Eligibility for the DEHAP Program

80% of County Area Median Income (AMI)

County

1 person

2 person

3 person

4 person

5 person

6 person

Sussex

$42,500

$48,600

$54,650

$60,700

$65,600

$70,450

New Castle

$54,150

$61,850

$69,600

$77,300

$83,500

$89,700

Kent

$38,300

$43,800

$49,250

$54,700

$59,100

$63,500

Please note: Rent arrears prior to March 1, 2020 cannot be covered by DE HAP. If you owe rent to your landlord that was due prior to March 1, 2020, please visit http://destatehousing.com/covid19/renters for a list of other resources for rent and utility assistance in Delaware that may be able to assist.

How to Apply
As of December 31, 2020, DEHAP is not accepting applications from the general public. Applications that are referred by the Justice of the Peace Court through dispute resolution or mediation will still be accepted.
Applications must be submitted by the landlord using the DEHAP Portal. Please see the DEHAP User Manual and how-to video for instructions on applying. Applications must be submitted by the property owner/manager, including documentation from the tenant to confirm their eligibility. For important program information:


Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and FAQs for Property Owners and Managers for other important information about the program.

Please note the application is property-based. If you are a property owner or manager with multiple tenants at one property, please add all tenants to one applications, do not create a separate property entry for each tenant. If you already submitted and need to make edits or add tenants, please email dehap@destatehousing.com and the application will be reopened for you to make edits.