Am I Eligible?

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in order to receive rental or utility assistance through DEHAP. 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.

Effective October 12, 2022, DEHAP introduced new eligibility and documentation requirements. Households who previously qualified for DEHAP assistance may no longer be eligible under the revised program guidelines. Please review the information below carefully to see if you may qualify.

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 2021 annual income or current income at time of application) at or below 50% 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

50% Area Median Income (AMI)

County1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person
New Castle$36,900$42,200$47,450$52,700$56,950$61,150
Kent & Sussex$32,500$37,150$41,800$46,450$50,150$57,600

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.

How to Apply

Visit the application portal here.
Register by entering your name and email. Then follow the online instructions. You’ll receive an email to verify your email address. Once you’ve registered, login to start your application.

If you are a tenant who needs assistance gathering or scanning documentation, accessing the internet, or just want some help submitting an application, community navigators are available to help!