Application Portal FAQ’s

This FAQ includes answers to many common questions. If you have a question not covered here, please call us at

Tenant Questions

Are there videos or instructions for how to use the portal?

There are video tutorials within the portal for each portion of the application that will help users. While some details of the DEHAP portal may be different, the basics of completing key steps are the same. Access the Help Center through the link in the top right of the main portal screen.

Within the Help Center, click the header for “Completing the Application” for instructions about how to use specific sections of the portal.

I already received DEHAP assistance in 2021 but need to request more rent or add a request for utilities. How do I do this?

In response to the overwhelming demand for assistance and recent federal U.S. Treasury policy changes, the Delaware State Housing Authority will no longer accept new applications or recertifications to the Delaware Housing Assisting Program (DEHAP) at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2023.

DEHAP assistance is not guaranteed, and applications or recertifications will be processed in the order received. Individuals experiencing emergencies, such as eviction with a set court date, immediate risk of homelessness, or utility cut-off, can start a new application for assistance after January 2, 2023, through one of the program’s 15 Community Navigators. The complete list of Community Navigators is available here.

I got a message that my email is not verified. What does that mean?

To complete your registration, you will need to click the link in the email you receive from RentRelief to verify your email. If you are getting a message that your email is not verified, this is likely the issue. Check your email for a confirmation email from RentRelief.

I got a 1020 Error. What does that mean?

1020 error is for IP addresses outside of the United States. You will need to wait to submit an application until you are back in the United States.

Why is the Documents tab requiring a Benefits Determination Letter?

Eligibility for other federal and state income-based programs like TANF can be used to document your income eligibility. If you check Yes to the question on the preregistration screen that you are receiving other state or federal benefits, the system will plan to use this to verify your income and require documentation of this instead of other income documentation.

I got an “object error”. What does that mean?

Try closing all your browser windows and then re-opening and logging back in. Object error usually means something is not saving and you may have multiple browsers with the same screen open.

Why is the Documents tab requiring an Eviction Letter?

If you check Yes to the question on the preregistration screen that you have received an eviction notice, the system will require a document to be uploaded on the Documents tab.

Landlord Questions

As a property owner or manager, where do I upload my W-9?

If you have only one property, you will upload the W-9 under the Landlord Documents tab. If you have more than one property entered, a Property Documents tab will appear. This is where you will upload a W-9 for each property.

I’m a property manager. How can I help my tenants apply and make sure their applications get connected to me?

Share information about the program with your tenants. You can also help them prepare by:
⦁ Providing them with a copy of their current lease
⦁ Providing a ledger or rent due statement broken out by month
⦁ Providing them with the specific contact information they should enter for you to make sure your information gets correctly linked.

A screenshot of the tab where Applicants enter their Landlord Information is below. It will help them to enter the correct info if you give them the specific contact information to enter here, especially email address.

I got a payment and don’t know who it’s for. How can I check?

When the status of a case changes to Paid, the landlord/property manager email connected to the case will receive an email ACH/direct deposit stub specifying the case number and amount paid.

On the Case tab, the amounts listed under Approved Amount on cases with a status of Paid are the amount paid for that case.

How can I check on the status of a payment?

Payments are batched at least once a week. If the status of a case is Approved for Payment, you should see payment, if being paid via ACH, within a maximum of two weeks.

Case auditors are not able to answer questions about payment status. Please call the DEHAP call center at 866-935-0407 and staff can give more detail about dates processed or checks issued, if you have questions.

How can I check on the status of an application, or find out what my tenant needs to submit?

In general, case auditors are not able to answer general status update questions. The best thing to do is communicate with your tenant, or to call the DEHAP call center. Auditors will communicate with tenants about items needed from the tenant and landlords on items needed from the landlord.