2 Delaware housing assistance programs to get additional funding

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Some relief is on the way for residents in Delaware struggling to pay rent and homeowners having trouble paying their mortgage.

Delaware became the first state in March to set up a COVID-19 rental assistance program — the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP). Due to high demand and not enough funding, the program had to be put on hold.

But director of the Delaware State Housing Authority Anas Ben Addi said DE HAP is now back.

"It's (up to) $5,000 assistance for rentals. Who qualifies? Anybody who is a resident of the state of Delaware. It is income guidelines and if you fit the income guidelines, you can work with your landlord to submit an application through our online portal,” Addi explained. 

And $40 million in CARES Act funding from the state and New Castle County is being split between DE HAP and the Delaware Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, which helps homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage — they can also get up to $5,000.

"Both programs will not send assistance directly to the applicant, so no tenants, no mortgage holder will get assistance, it will either go to the landlord or to the servicer, to the bank,” Addi said.