Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in New Castle County, DE

Discover affordable housing in New Castle County where there are 122+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Farrand Village Apartments

16 Deville Circle, Wilmington, Delaware 19808

Victoria Mews Apartments

13-D O, Newark, Delaware 19711

Birchwood at Rodney Court

1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, Delaware 19806

Chelten Apartments

431 Old Forge Road, New Castle, Delaware 19720

Compton Townhouse Apartments

831 A Towne Ct, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

The Pearl Center

300 East 8th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Village of St. John

2019 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802

West Center Village

606 N Jefferson St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Marydale Retirement Village

135 Jeandell Drive, Newark, Delaware 19713

Middletown Trace Apartments

67 New Street, Middletown, Delaware 19709

Compton Apartments

650 N. Walnut Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Compton Townhouses

650 N Walnut St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Clayton Courts

504 N DuPont St, Wilmington, Delaware 19805

Carleton Court Apartments

1900 Southway Drive, Newark, Delaware 19713

Cheltenham Village

1201 Kingstown, Newark, Delaware 19702

Buford Manlove Manor

408 Kiamensi Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19804

Ingleside Retirement Apartments

1005 N Franklin St, Wilmington, Delaware 19806

Terry Apartments

2400 North Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802

River Commons Apartments

200 N Poplar St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Overlook Colony

3207 E Brandywine Ave, Claymont, Delaware 19703

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In New Castle County, Delaware
$19.65 (+148%) more than Delaware minimum wage and $25.65 (+354%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve New Castle County, Delaware?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for New Castle County, Delaware.

Go to the Delaware Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near New Castle County.

How many renters live in New Castle County, Delaware?

The County of New Castle County has 575,494 people living in 223,989 households.

There are 151,800 renters living in 67,672 renter households in this County. Renters make up 26.38 percent of the population living in New Castle County.

What is the rental market like in New Castle County, Delaware?

There are an estimated 236,639 housing units in the New Castle County area. Of these, 71,190 units are rental homes, making up 30 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in New Castle County, Delaware, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in New Castle County?

The rental vacancy rate in New Castle County is 3 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in New Castle County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in New Castle County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
3,856 19,652 24,745 14,241 4,602
Occupied Rental Units by Size in New Castle County

A large number of apartments in New Castle County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in New Castle County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 45 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 22 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in New Castle County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,303 to $2,422. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,303
One BR $1,451
Two BR $1,737
Three BR $2,100
Four BR $2,422
2024 Fair Market Rents in New Castle County, Delaware

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in New Castle County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 2,543 66 percent
One BR 15,330 78 percent
Two BR 15,418 62 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in New Castle County, Delaware

How many affordable rental units are in New Castle County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in New Castle County, Delaware including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 4,167
Public Housing 1,460
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 3,288
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 161
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 199
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 52
Tracked Units by Federal Program in New Castle County, Delaware

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in New Castle County, Delaware

New Castle County features 4,703 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in New Castle County, Delaware

There are 3,573 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in New Castle County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in New Castle County, Delaware

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay New Castle County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in New Castle County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in New Castle County, Delaware for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,563 and $1,911.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.