Eligible households must have:

  • One or more individuals who qualified for unemployment OR experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the pandemic;
  • Risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include: past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, or housing cost burden (rent is more than 30% of monthly income) AND
  • Income (either 2020 annual income or current income at time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income for the county of residence according to the below table:

Maximum Household Income Eligibility for DEHAP

County1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person
New Castle$54,150$61,850$69,600$77,300$83,500$89,700
Kent & Sussex$45,850$52,400$58,950$65,500$70,750$76,000

Please note: Rent arrears prior to April 1, 2020 cannot be covered by DE HAP. If you owe rent to your landlord that was due prior to April 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

Either the renter household or the landlord can initiate an application. Documentation is required from both the tenant and the landlord, so we encourage tenants and landlords to be in communication with each other before applying.

If you have reviewed all of the eligibility information on this site and are ready to apply for DEHAP, click the below button to get started.