Am I Eligible?

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in order to receive rental or utility assistance through DEHAP. Once open again in early October, the application portal will start with several pre-qualification questions to help you determine if you may be eligible for DEHAP. Below is more information on the eligibility requirements for DEHAP.

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 or 2021 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 once the portal opens again in early October or contact one of our community partners.

Maximum Household Income Eligibility for DEHAP

(*Subject to change in early October 2022)

County1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person
New Castle$59,050$67,450$75,900$84,300$91,050$97,800
Kent & Sussex$52,000$59,450$66,850$74,300$80,250$86,200

Please note: Rent arrears prior to April 1, 2020 cannot be covered by DEHAP. 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.