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.

There are several documentation options. If you are not sure if you might meet these eligibility requirements, households are encouraged to apply or contact one of our community partners.

Maximum Household Income Eligibility for DEHAP

County1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person
New Castle$52,960$60,480$68,080$75,600$81,680$87,760
Kent & Sussex$46,480$53,120$59,760$66,400$71,680$77,040

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

Visit the DEHAP application portal to apply, or contact one of our partner organizations to help you submit an application.

Tenants and Landlords who were registered under the earlier software system (March – July 2021) will find their account info preloaded. Visit the application portal, click Forgot Password then enter your email to set a new password.