DSHA is again accepting applications for the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP) as of Monday, August 10, 2020. DE HAP can assist with rent arrears and current rent due up to $5,000. Tenants must have income below 60% of Area Median Income for the county in which they live, cannot be already receiving federal or state rental subsidies, and must be able to provide documentation of a COVID-19-related impact on their employment and/or income. Security deposits, utilities and rent arrears prior to March 1, 2020 cannot be covered by DE HAP. Please visit http://destatehousing.com/covid19/renters for a list of other resources for rent and utility assistance in Delaware.

Applications must be submitted by the landlord using the DEHAP Portal. Please see the DEHAP User Manual and how-to video for instructions on applying. The Portal is available in Spanish. Spanish versions of the User Manual and Program FAQs will be available shortly. Applications must be submitted by the property owner/manager, including documentation from the tenant to confirm their eligibility. Property owners or managers can find required forms at this link.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for other important information about the program.

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications and inquiries, we are not able to reply to individual emails or calls requesting information about status of applications. Questions may be emailed to dehap@destatehousing.com, but please be aware we are receiving a very high number of inquiries and messages and response may be delayed.

For Previous Applicants (March – April 2020)
If you previously applied to the program and were referred to a community provider on or after July 1, 2020, you may still be in touch with that provider to provide required documentation. If you applied for the program and were referred to a community provider BEFORE July 1, 2020 and have not yet submitted documentation, you will need to work with your landlord to apply under the new application process.

If you have not yet been referred to a community provider, we will continue to refer applications to providers until all previous applications have been referred. However, you or your landlord may prefer to apply under the new system. If you do so, please inform us via email at dehap@destatehousing.com so we can remove your previous application from the list.