Affordable Housing In Wilmington
New Castle County, Delaware

83 Low Income Apartment Communities In Wilmington

West Center Village

606 N Jefferson St
Wilmington, Delaware
Income Based
2-4 BR

Flats Phase I- Waiting list is CLOSED

525 N Union Street
Wilmington, Delaware
1-3 BR

Flats Phase ll - Waiting List is CLOSED

601 N Union St
Wilmington, Delaware
2-3 BR
Supportive Housing

Ingleside Retirement Apartments

1005 N Franklin St
Wilmington, Delaware
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Terry Apartments

2400 North Broom Street
Wilmington, Delaware
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

The Pearl Center

300 East 8th Street
Wilmington, Delaware
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Birchwood at Rodney Court

1100 Pennsylvania Ave
Wilmington, Delaware
1-2 BR

River Commons Apartments

200 N Poplar St
Wilmington, Delaware
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Farrand Village Apartments

16 Deville Circle
Wilmington, Delaware
1-3 BR

Clayton Courts

504 N DuPont St
Wilmington, Delaware
Income Based
Studio-3 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Wilmington, 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Wilmington, Delaware

Housing Authority Programs
Wilmington Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
New Castle County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Wilmington, Delaware

There are 83 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,878 affordable apartments for rent in Wilmington, Delaware.

Income Based Apartments in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington features 3,958 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 Wilmington, Delaware

There are 2,850 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Wilmington.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Wilmington, Delaware

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Wilmington landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Wilmington.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Wilmington, Delaware for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,168 and $1,428.

2022 Wilmington, Delaware Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Wilmington, Delaware Fair Market Rent $940 $1,071 $1,298 $1,605 $1,837
Wilmington, Delaware Payment Standard Range $846 to $1,034 $964 to $1,178 $1,168 to $1,428 $1,445 to $1,766 $1,653 to $2,021

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Wilmington, DE Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 83
Total Low Income Apartments 6,878
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,958
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.85%
Average Renter Household Size 2.34
Average Household Size 2.38
Median Household Income $40,465 ±$2,089
Median Rent $910 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.65% ± 2.98pp
Total Population 71,549

Population and Household Demographics

Wilmington is a city in New Castle County, Delaware with a population of 71,549. There are 28,881 households in the city with an average household size of 2.38 persons. 53.85% of households in Wilmington are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wilmington

The median gross income for households in Wilmington is $40,465 a year, or $3,372 a month. The median rent for the city is $910 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Wilmington, a household making less than $3,033 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.65% of households who rent are overburdened in Wilmington.

Area Median Income In Wilmington

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 Wilmington, the AMI is calculated from all households within New Castle County.

In Wilmington, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $105,400

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 Wilmington

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Wilmington

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Wilmington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$22,150 $25,300 $28,450 $31,600 $34,150 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Wilmington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$36,900 $42,200 $47,450 $52,700 $56,950 $61,150 $65,350 $69,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Wilmington AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$59,050 $67,450 $75,900 $84,300 $91,050 $97,800 $104,550 $111,300