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.

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Special Operations Update: NCCHA Annual Inspections to Resume 9/1  

At the beginning of July, all clients were mailed an update on the program's current operating procedures, which announced that regular inspections of occupied units will resume on September 1. The letter can be read in full here. NCCHA has contracted a third-party inspection agency, McCright Associates, to perform some backlogged inspections. So, starting in August, clients and landlords may receive Scheduling Notices from either McCright, or directly from NCCHA.

NCCHA's full Special Operating Procedures for Covid-19, which have been modified by the notice above, can be found here.

Our offices in the New Castle County Gilliam Building are closed to the public (and there is no longer a dropbox). All business should be handled by phone, email, mail or fax.  

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, or our NCCHA Staff page.

Also, please read this important advisory from the Social Security Administration.

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Announcement:  Housing Assistant Job Opening

NCCHA congratulates Sue Lucy on her selection as our new Assistant Administrator for the HCV Program. That means we need a new caseworker, and the open Housing Program Assistant position is detailed here.

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 January 1, 2019)


# of Bedrooms
NCCHA
Payment Standard
One Bedroom$953
Two Bedroom$1153
Three Bedroom$1445
Four Bedroom$1627

* 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 7/30/2020