Delaware, DE

Delaware is a relatively high income state, however that also means that the cost of living is comparatively higher. For single mothers working full-time on minimum wage, making ends meet is often a daily struggle.

Delaware Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) #

TANF is Delaware’s main cash assistance program for lower income families with children under the age of 18. It provides temporary financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.

In Delaware, you cannot receive TANF checks for more than 36 months in your lifetime, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.

How do I apply for TANF online in Delaware?

You must complete and submit an application to any local DSS office in person and be interviewed by a Social Worker to determine your eligibility.

Delaware Food Supplement Program #

Food Supplement Program enables low-income families in Delaware to buy a variety of food that is the basis for better nutrition. Benefits are issued electronically to the family’s Delaware Food First card each month.

The amount of benefits your household can get is based on the income, expenses and number of people in your household — about $355 for a family of three.

How do I apply for food stamps in Delaware?

Applications can be made via Delaware ASSIST — an online application for Delaware residents to screen and apply for the State’s public assistance programs.

Delaware Medicaid #

Medicaid provides medical assistance to eligible low-income Delaware’s families — children, parents, pregnant women, whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services.

As Delaware is expanding Medicaid coverage, nearly all uninsured adults and parents in Delaware between the ages of 19 and 65 with income up to 138% of the poverty level may gain coverage.

Where do I apply for Medicaid in Delaware?

Delaware will be operating a State-Based Marketplace, known as Choose Health Delaware — through which you can apply for Medicaid, DHCP or other health insurance.

Delaware Healthy Children Program #

The Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP) is targeted to uninsured children from birth to the age of 19 whose family income is at or below 217% of the federal poverty level.

DHCP provides high-quality health insurance with benefits including prescription drugs, routine checkups, immunizations, dental care, certain vision and hearing services, and mental health benefits.

To find out if your child may be eligible for DHCP medical coverage and complete an online application using ASSIST — the State of Delaware’s Application for Social Service Programs.

Delaware Child Care Subsidy Program #

Delaware Child Care Subsidy Program provides childcare subsidy for income-eligible families who need help paying for child care. Priority will be given to families who are receiving Temporary Assistance (TANF).

Families that qualify for the subsidy program can choose their own child care provider. The state pays a portion of the cost of child care; while the parent is responsible to pay a co-payment to the provider each month.

How do I apply for child care assistance in Delaware?

To request an application or for more information contact

Delaware Opportunities Child Care Subsidy Program
35430 State Hwy. 10
Hamden, NY 13782

Delaware Head Start #

Head Start provides comprehensive child development services to Delaware’s children, with a special focus on helping preschoolers from three to school entry develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.

To be eligible, families must have an annual income at or below federal poverty guidelines — that’s about $23,030 a year for a single mother of two. Families receiving TANF benefits are automatically eligible.

Where do I apply for Head Start in Delaware?

If you need more help to locate a Head Start program in your area, call the Head Start Collaboration Office at 302-739-4667.

Delaware Section 8 Program #

Section 8 Program offers housing subsidies to eligible low-income Delawareans to rent housing units from participating landlords. Applicants who reside in Kent or Sussex County have priority on the waiting list.

Participants pay 30-35% of their income for rent & utilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidizes the balance of the rent.

As a condition of eligibility, participants, with the exception of the elderly and disabled, are required to enroll — or be enrolled, in the Moving to Work program.

Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) #

Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) provides one-time assistance to income eligible households to help them meet their home energy needs.

Income eligibility is defined as 200% of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of three earning up to $3,838 a month may qualify for DEAP.

DEAP, also known as LIHEAP, offers the following supports to eligible households:

  • The Fuel Assistance Program
  • The Energy Crisis Intervention Program
  • The Summer Cooling Assistance Program

How can I get help with my electric bill in Delaware?

As DEAP is administered by Catholic Charities, Inc., applicants should call their local office to find out where and how to apply for assistance.

Households eligible for DEAP may also qualify for home weatherization improvements through the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program, also administered by Catholic Charities, Inc. WAP operates year round with a waiting list.

Delaware Unemployment Insurance #

Unemployment insurance benefits provide a partial wage replacement to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own that meet Delaware’s eligibility requirements.

It is intended to pay temporary benefits to eligible claimants during times of unemployment when suitable work is not available.

In Delaware, the weekly benefit amount is between $20 to $400 payable up to a maximum of 26 weeks, unless otherwise extended.

How do I apply for unemployment in Delaware?

You can file your initial claim online or by telephone at (302) 761-6576. A one week waiting period is now in effect for all new claims, during which benefits will not be paid.

Delaware Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) #

Despite the name, the Scholarship Incentive Program is a grant. ScIP is a need based grant of $1,000 awarded to eligible students who demonstrate substantial financial need, as determined by FAFSA.

Students who would like to be considered for a ScIP must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before April 15th. ScIP grants are nonrenewable, students must submit their FAFSA every year for consideration.

Governor’s Education Grant for Working Adults #

This grant is designed to help under-employed working adult learn new skills that will increase their earning potential in present or future employment. The maximum grant for one academic year is $2,000 and is subject to available funding.

Dislocated, laid off, and underemployed workers may be eligible for a Delaware Workforce Investment Board Individual Training Account Grant of up to $4,000.

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