Delaware Housing Authority extends length of rental assistance program

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware State Housing Authority has extended the length of rental assistance available to those in need.

Eligible Delawareans can now receive up to 18 months of rental and utility assistance through the Delaware Housing Assistance Program. Previously, the program provided 15 months of rental and utility assistance, but the additional three months will now give extra time for eligible Delaware renters in need following impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The program is being extended to give extra time to Delawareans who are at risk of eviction, housing instability, or financial insecurity so we’re opening up this program to have a greater impact and help Delawareans further,” says the Director of Public Relations for the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The current version of the DEHAP was launched in March of 2021 to provide emergency housing assistance to renters affected by shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours, unpaid lead, or financial hardship related to the pandemic. The program helps individuals with rental arrears from April 20200 and up to three months of prospective rent or security deposits up to $2,000 per month. The program can also cover utilities due to the landlord, late fees, and court fees. Per U.S. Department of the Treasury guidance, participants can request up to three months of assistance at a time.

Applications who already met the prior 15-month limit can reapply for the additional three months. Individuals are encouraged to visit their DEHAP portal profile or contact the DEHAP Call Center at a866-935-0407 for further information and reapplication guidance.

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