Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8

18 the Green
Dover, Kent County, Delaware 19901

Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 is a Public Housing Agency in Dover, Delaware that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Moving to Work programs. As of December 12th, 2019, Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Kent and Sussex County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 serves Kent County and Sussex County.

Waiting list information for the Delaware State Housing Authority Public Housing program can be found here.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Kent and Sussex County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Kent and Sussex County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least May, 2018, until further notice.

Please note: Program participants, except the elderly or disabled, must also be enrolled in the Moving to Work (MTW) program.

There are four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Call (888) 363-8808 to request an application by mail.
  3. Pick up an application at the DSHA waiting list office, located at Liberty Court, 1289 W. Walker Road, Dover, Delaware 19904.
  4. Open and print the application online here. Select the "Print an application form" link.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be mailed or faxed to the DSHA. 

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in Kent or Sussex County, working more than 20 hours per week, veteran, head of household and spouse/co-head have never participated in the Moving to Work Program.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences. The DSHA operates a single waiting list for its housing programs.

For more information, visit the DSHA renters page, or the DSHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (302) 739-4263.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/04/2019.

About Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8

More information about Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 can be found on its website at http://www.destatehousing.com/.

Representatives of Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 may be available by phone at (302) 739-4263. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/17/2018, Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 manages 1,028 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Family Unification Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 41 867 7 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $674 $548 $813 $500
Monthly Cost $27,641 $475,202 $5,693 $7,494

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 16% having issued approximately 56 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $13,995 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 19% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 78% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

21% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 34% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

62% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 58% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 64% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 34% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 voucher holders in 2016 was $362 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $868. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.