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About Dover Housing Authority

The Dover Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Dover, Delaware.

The Dover Housing Authority serves Dover.

Dover Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Dover Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority manages one community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and four communities for families, all are located throughout Dover.

To apply for public housing you can stop by their office to pick up an application, during normal office hours, located at 76 Stevenson Dr., Dover, DE. An application can also be mailed to you by calling 302-678-1965.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the above address.

This housing authority does use a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: a local resident, living and/or working in Dover, substandard living, elderly, disabled, or a victim of domestic violence.

For more information the housing authority can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 302-678-1965, during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Dover Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed


About the Dover Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Dover Housing Authority manages 129 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardPorted Out
Vouchers1254
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$535$1,005
Monthly Cost$66,908$4,018

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Dover Housing Authority

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 12% having issued approximately 13 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 25 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $14,737 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 52% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 13% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

52% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 91% of all households were headed by a female.

91% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 84% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Dover Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 24% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Dover Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $364 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $759. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $139.



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.


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