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Are You Eligible?

If you have experienced hardship due to COVID 19 and need assistance to pay your RENT
you MAY be eligible for

Help, I don't qualify.


Having Trouble Paying Your Rent?
We're Here to Help.

The DEHAP works to help renters get the assistance they need to avoid eviction. The DEHAP is administered by the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA).

Am I Eligible?

You may qualify if you can answer yes to the following questions.

  • Does your household income meet the program's limits?
  • Are you a renter household?
  • Has someone in your household (1) qualified for unemployment or (2) had a decrease in income or increase in expenses due to Covid-19?
  • Is someone in your household at risk for housing instability or homelessness?

How Much Assistance is Available?

Every household's situation is different, so the amount of assistance you may receive will be specific to your needs.

Please have all your information and documents ready to ensure faster processing of your application. An application will not begin the review process until all information has been received.

If you are requesting rental assistance, make sure the amount you request will be accepted by your landlord. If they challenge the amount, it can delay your application's processing.

How Can the DEHAP Help Me?

Depending on your circumstances, The DEHAP may:

  • Pay up to 3 months of future rent.
  • Pay delinquent rent from April 1st 2020 and May.

How Do I Apply?

After you answer the prequalifying questions, you must complete an application for assistance and provide documentation.

What Happens Next?

If you qualify for rent assistance, DEHAP will request approval from your landlord/property manager. If your landlord/property manager approves, DEHAP will send payments directly to them to bring your rent current.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

DSHA works with nonprofit groups and does not charge a fee for its services. Beware of calls and other solicitations from companies offering to assist you in return for payment.

Delaware State Housing Authority

(866) 935-0407

18 The Green
Dover, DE 19901

DEHAP provides assistance on a fair and equal basis regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, military status, disability or ancestry. Please visit for more information.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0262 awarded to DEHAP by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

What does it mean to be "ready to upload"?

  • Your documentation meets the date and content requirements;
  • You have your documentation available as a legible:
    • High resolution scan as a Jpeg, PNG, or PDF;
    • High resolution photo as a Jpeg or PNG;
    • Downloaded PDF from the original document provider
  • You have either an email address or a cell phone number capable of receiving texts (data and messaging rates from your provider apply);

It is important to check the legibility of your photos and/or scans otherwise it can delay your application. Not sure if your documents are legible? Click Here for an Example.

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If you do not have the ability to get digital copies of your documents - you can:
18 The Green
Dover, DE 19901.

Be sure to include your application number on your fax cover sheet

If you do not have the ability to get digital copies of your documents - you can:

18 The Green
Dover, DE 19901.

Be sure to include your application number on your fax cover sheet

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We're sorry, but you do not qualify for the The DEHAP program.

Based on the answer(s) you have provided in the prequalification questionnaire, unfortunately you do not qualify for our program.

Help, I don't qualify.

If you feel you reached this in error, please call us at (866) 935-0407 and we can help clarify any questions.


Documentation Checklist

Please make sure you have copies of all your required documents  ready for uploading or for faxing or mailing:

To apply for , Applicants must submit identification documentation and documentation of the Eligibility Criteria. Examples of acceptable documentation are described below. Additional information, a complete list of the acceptable documentation requirements, and all forms are described and included in the application.

  1. Identification for the Head of Household
    • Examples - driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, Department of Homeland Security document
  2. Proof of Rental Householder
    • Examples - written lease or other acceptable documentation outlined in the Application
    • Additional documentation is required for applicants who rent from a family member
  3. Proof of Residency for Head of Household (address must match rental property address)
    • Examples - driver’s license, current utility bill, 2020 W-2
  4. Proof of Income Eligibility
    • May provide documentation on an annual or monthly basis as explained in the application
    • Examples – 2020 Tax Return, pay stubs, unemployment benefits statements
  5. Proof that Since March 13, 2020, at Least One Member of the Household has Either: (1) Qualified for Unemployment, or (2) Experienced a Reduction in Household Income, Incurred Significant Costs, or Experienced other Financial Hardship Due Directly or Indirectly to the Pandemic.
    • Self-Certification Form must be completed and signed by Head of Household
  6. Proof that Since March 13, 2020, at Least one Member of the Household Can Demonstrate a Risk of Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
    • Examples – past due utility or rent notice, eviction notice
  7. A copy of the Past Due Utility Bills for the Utilities you are Requesting Assistance For, if any. (Electric, Gas, Water, Sewer, Trash, Other Energy Costs-such as Propane, Fuel Oil)

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