Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant Questions

What is the difference between the Public Housing Program and the Housing Choice Voucher program?

Public housing provides decent and safe rental housing for
eligible low- to moderate-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public Housing is owned and operated by the Newark Housing Authority.

The Housing Choice Voucher program gives eligible families the opportunity to rent from a private landlord. The participant’s rental amount is calculated based upon anticipated gross household income.

How is eligibility determined?
Eligibility is based upon income and familial status compared to the
median income of our region.
How do I apply?
NHA accepts preliminary applications by telephone or in person. Applicants are welcome to apply when the waiting list is open. It is advertised in the News Journal, in the classified section under “Public Notice.”

What is a waiting list?
NHA uses a waiting list to manage applicants. When the waiting list is open, NHA accepts applications. When your application is at the top of the waiting list, NHA will contact you to set up an appointment at our office for final eligibility determination. At that time, you will be asked to

verify the preferences you claimed on your application form, sign various documents, provide NHA with documents verifying everyone’s identification, relationship to head of household and immigration status. A security clearance is conducted to verify that the adults in your household do not have a drug or violent criminal background.

Public Housing Resident Questions

Where do I mail my rent?
Rent should be mailed to the Newark Housing Authority, 313
E. Main Street Newark, DE 19711

What do I do if my income changes?
If your income changes, you should contact NHA to complete the required paperwork.

What do I do if my household composition changes?
If your household composition changes, you need to contact
NHA to file these changes with our office.

NHA Public Housing Program Information

Housing Choice Voucher Program Questions

Can I move with my voucher?
Yes, your Voucher is portable — you can take it with you when you move away. Where and when you can move with your Voucher is determined by housing authority policy. Please contact NHA for specific information before making plans to move.

Landlord Questions

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a form of federal rent subsidy which assists program participants with monthly rental payments to ensure that the families have a safe, decent and sanitary place to live. The Newark Housing Authority administers funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and distributes them in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible families and individuals.

How does the voucher work?
A Voucher allows participating households (participants) to rent housing that meets their needs. The participants pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord. HUD pays the landlord the difference between the participant’s portion of the rent and the total rental amount due.

What If I Have More Questions?
If you have any questions about the Section 8 Program, please call our offices at (302) 366-0826 between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. We will be glad to answer your questions and refer you to the appropriate staff member as necessary.

NHA Housing Choice Voucher Program Information