Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office

18 The Green
Dover, Kent County, Delaware 19904

Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Moving to Work programs.

Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office offers Section 8 Housing rental assistance in 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 List Status
Kent and Sussex County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Closed

Other Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Waiting Lists

Closed: Kent and Sussex County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The DSHA last accepted Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 1, 2018, until March 18, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the DSHA to request an application by mail.
  3. Pick up an application at the DSHA waiting list office..
  4. Print the paper application.

Once the paper application was completed, it was either emailed, mailed or faxed to the DSHA. Any applications received after March 18, 2022 will be returned.

This waiting list had 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 were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences. 

For more information, the DSHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DSHA on March 9, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware.

Last Updated on 03/19/2022.

Closed: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Waiting List

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) waiting list for Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) apartments is closed.

The DSHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of March 9, 2022, until March 18, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Once the paper application was completed, it was emailed, mailed or faxed to the DSHA. Any applications received after March 18, 2022 will be returned.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, the DSHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DSHA on March 8, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Other rental assistance in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware.

Last Updated on 03/18/2022.

About Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office

HCV Portability Status

As of September 24th, 2022, Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office 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 Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Delaware State Housing Authority - Section 8 Office manages 998 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Family Unification Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 35 750 6 18
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $922 $622 $1,030 $500
Monthly Cost $32,271 $466,292 $6,178 $9,004

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

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 Office 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 Office 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.