Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8 Vouchers) is a federally funded, locally administered rental assistance program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HCV is administered locally by the New Castle County Housing Authority (NCCHA). NCCHA currently helps to house over 1,700 families throughout New Castle County, Delaware, except within the city limits of Wilmington and Newark, which are served by their own public housing authorities.
10/13/22: New DEHAP Guidelines for Families Seeking Utility, Deposit and Rental Assistance
Delaware State Housing Authority's DEHAP program offers aid to eligible families throughout the state. See if you qualify in the most recent program update here Version OptionsHousing Choice Voucher (HCV) ProgramHeadline Version OptionsHousing Choice Voucher (HCV) ProgramHeadline.
The Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Ended 7/31/2021
Clients who owe back rent, are facing eviction, or are in need of other assistance are encouraged to utilize the resources below:
- The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can offer help with past due rent, security deposits, moving aid and more. You can learn more about the ERAP program here.
- This Step-by-Step Guide for People at Risk of Eviction, put together by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.
All business with NCCHA should continue to be handled by phone, email, mail or fax when possible. However, the lobby of the Gilliam Building is open to the public, so document drop-offs can resume and caseworkers may be able to schedule meetings with tenants as needed.
Annual Inspections are currently being performed on behalf of NCCHA by contractor McCright & Associates, while NCCHA inspectors are back in the field addressing complaints and move-in inspections. Contact NCCHA with any questions or issues regarding inspections.
For further info, please see the County’s COVID-19 Resource Page.
NCCHA Now Using DelawareHousingSearch.Org for ALL Unit Listings
NCCHA is no longer maintaining unit listings. While these lists have long been maintained as a courtesy to clients and landlords, it has always been clients’ ultimate responsibility to find the units they want to rent. Furthermore, there are now more powerful tools for finding housing, including the listings at DelawareHousingSearch.org. Program landlords are encouraged to utilize that site and others to list their properties where HCV renters will find them.
Current Base* Payment Standards for NCC:
(Effective as of March 15, 2021)
# of Bedrooms
* Please note that recent HUD regulations add some variability to the Payment Standard in some New Castle County zip codes, where the Standard may be higher.
Utility Assistance Payment (UAP) Standards
As of June 2019, NCCHA has adopted a revised "Administrative Plan," which outlines specifically how NCCHA interprets and operates the HCV Program within its jurisdiction, as well as local policies and standards. (Click on the link above to view the document.)
- 2020 Addendum to NCCHA Administrative Plan - Describes NCCHA adoption and implementation of the Family Reentry Pilot Program.