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 to be available in early 2021; availability and program changes will be announced on this website in the coming weeks once details are finalized.
Tenants who need rental assistance for January 2021 can contact the below nonprofit organizations for possible assistance.
- To fill out an online application visit https://www.ccwilm.org/basic-needs.
- New Castle County Office: 302-655-9624
- Kent County Office: 302-674-1600
- Sussex County Office: 302-856-9578
Community Resource Center (Sussex County residents only.)
First State Community Action Agency
- 302-472-0731 (Calls for crisis assistance are accepted on Mondays.)
West End Neighborhood House
- Lutheran Community Services (New Castle County and Wilmington residents only.)
Effective July 1, Governor John Carney issued a 23rd Modification to his State of Emergency Declaration, which allows new evictions to be filed but continues to stay eviction proceedings in order for the Courts to determine if the case may benefit from an Alternative Dispute Resolution process. This is an effort to mediate cases with negotiation between the property owner and tenant to resolve the case. No late fees or interest may be charged or accrue on the tenant's account during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
The moratorium on evictions that was in effect from March 25 - June 30 did not relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent, and any tenants who know they will not be able to pay their rent need to be in contact with their landlord as soon as possible to discuss their options. Tenants with questions may contact the Delaware Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit at 302-577-8600 or email@example.com. Tenants can also contact the Delaware Legal Help Link at https://delegalhelplink.org/ for assistance or the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) at http://www.declasi.org/.