New Castle County Housing Authority

77 Read's Way
New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware
(302) 395-5600

New Castle County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in New Castle, Delaware that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

New Castle County Housing Authority serves New Castle County.

Other New Castle County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: New Castle County, Delaware Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The New Castle County Housing Authority (NCCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in December, 2018; and before that for one day in February, 2015, and in 2009. 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.

There were no preferences.

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the NCCHA website here, call the office at (302) 395-5600, or llamar para información en Español al (302) 395-5570.

Last Updated on 12/07/2018.

About New Castle County Housing Authority

More information about New Castle County Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.nccde.org/467/Housing-Choice-Voucher-HCV-Program.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/11/2018, it is not known if New Castle County Housing Authority is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the New Castle County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, New Castle County Housing Authority manages 1,705 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,596 31 14 64
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $666 $521 $661 $828
Monthly Cost $1,062,413 $16,162 $9,253 $53,012

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for New Castle County 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 6% having issued approximately 304 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 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $15,286 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% 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

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 64% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

59% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 57% of households with children have a female head of household. 91% of all households were headed by a female.

87% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 76% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the New Castle County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 25% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 68% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

16% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 New Castle County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $403 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $862. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $166.



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.