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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get Rental Assistance Through DEHAP – Apply by January 2

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) will stop accepting applications for the Delaware Housing Assisting Program (DEHAP) at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2023, as stated in an article by Delaware News on December 13, 2022. This is due to a high number of requests for help.

The DSHA will close the application for the DEHAP so they can focus on processing the applications they have already received. If your application for DEHAP is in progress, you should check your email, text messages, and voicemails regularly for updates on the status of your application.

If you apply for DEHAP, it’s not guaranteed that you will get help. Your application or request for recertification will be processed in the order that it was received.

However, if you are experiencing an emergency, like being evicted or being in danger of losing your home or having your utilities turned off, you can start a new application for DEHAP assistance on January 2, 2023 or later. To do this, you can contact one of the 15 Community Navigators listed on the DEHAP website (decovidhousinghelp.com).

An article by National Council of State Housing Agency on October 12, 2022 stated that DEHAP is funded by the federal government through a program called Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). The U.S. Treasury Department gave money for this program to Delaware in January and May 2021. However, the DEHAP program is using up the money from these programs very quickly, much faster than expected.

So far, the DEHAP program has given out over $122 million in housing and utility assistance to almost 22,000 people in Delaware who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Delaware News as of December 13, 2022. If you have any more questions or information about this,  you can call (866) 935-0407.

 

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