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. 

You can find out more about the basics of the HCV Program here.


New Castle County Housing Authority is seeking someone to join our team as a Housing Program Assistant, working with clients in a case management context. Click here to access the full position description. Applications will be accepted through 5/24.

1/19/22: All US Households are Eligible for Four (4) free Rapid Covid-19 Test Kits, which can be ordered at COVIDtests.gov. 

Some families living in apartments or other multi-family dwellings may encounter problems due to a bug. Affected households can file a service inquiry through the post office to resolve the issue and order their test kits.

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:

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.

Tenants remain responsible for their portion of their rent (if any) during this period. If you experience a loss in income or other household change, please report it immediately.

For further info, please see the County’s COVID-19 Resource Page.


Announcement: 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
Payment Standard
One Bedroom$1007
Two Bedroom$1220
Three Bedroom$1526
Four Bedroom$1729

* 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

NCCHA Administrative Plan (2018)

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.)

Updated 5/11/2022