Affordable Housing In Dover
Kent County, Delaware

27 Low Income Apartment Communities In Dover

New Hope Housing II

S New St & S Queen St
Dover, DE
$360-550
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Whatcoat Village Apts.

992 Whatcoat Drive
Dover, DE
$580-729
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

The Willows at Clearfield

125 Haman Dr
Dover, DE
HCV Welcome

The Willows at Dover

416 Sussex Ave
Dover, DE
Accessible
HCV Welcome

The Village at McKee Branch

200 Harmony Lane
Dover, DE
$405-750
2-3 BR

Luther Village II of Dover

101 Babb Dr
Dover, DE
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Capitol Green Apartments

509 River Rd
Dover, DE
Subsidized

Dima IX

223 Mifflin Rd
Dover, DE
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Luther Towers II of Dover

430 Kings Hwy
Dover, DE
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Ken - Crest Housing Delaware

1180 Walker Rd
Dover, DE
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

There are 27 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,667 affordable apartments for rent in Dover. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 697 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Dover, HUD housing programs support 132 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 970 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Dover

Housing Authority Programs
Dover Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Dover

Housing Authority Programs
Delaware State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
Delaware State Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Dover, Delaware

Dover, DE Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 27
Total Low Income Apartments 1,667
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 697
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.18%
Average Renter Household Size 2.43
Total Population 37,144
Housing Units 12,945
Average Household Size 2.52
Median Household Income $45,363 ±$3,434
Median Rent $949 ±$25
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.02% ± 6.75pp

Population and Household Demographics

Dover is a City in Kent County, Delaware with a population of 37,144. There are 12,945 households in the city with an average household size of 2.52 persons. 50.18% of households in Dover are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Dover

The median gross income for households in Dover is $45,363 a year, or $3,780 a month. The median rent for the city is $949 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Dover, a household making less than $3,163 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.02% of households who rent are overburdened in Dover.1

Area Median Income In Dover

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Dover, the AMI is calculated from all households within Kent County.

In Dover, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,000

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Dover

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Dover HUD Rental Assistance in Dover

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $14,050 $16,910 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,450 $36,150 $38,850 $41,500 $44,200
80% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Dover

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2008, 13 low income apartment communities containing 792 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Dover by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Dover

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,450 $36,150 $38,850 $41,500 $44,200
60% of Median $28,140 $32,160 $36,180 $40,140 $43,380 $46,620 $49,800 $53,040

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Dover is $36,180 a year, or $3,015 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,015 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $905 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $586 $628 $754 $870 $971 $1,071
60% $704 $754 $905 $1,044 $1,166 $1,286
Fair Market Rents in Dover

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$853 $875 $1,034 $1,485 $1,790