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.


12/2/2019 - While it is still closed to new applicants, everyone who applied to the waiting list in December 2018 has now been placed on the Waiting List. This is due to a series of erroneous emails that were sent by our software vendor to all NCC housing program participants. Please visit our Waiting List page for complete information. 

Announcement:  Seeking New Assistant Administrator 

12/5/2019 - NCCHA is currently searching for a new Assistant Administrator to help oversee the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Please see this official listing for further information.

Announcement: Bedroom Listings End 2/28/20

When this winter draws to a close, so will the "Available Unit" listings maintained by NCCHA (available in our office and on the Tenant page). 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.

The current 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom lists will be maintained through 2/28/20.

Current Base* Payment Standards for NCC:

(Effective as of January 1, 2019)

# of Bedrooms
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.)