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Delaware Assistance and Financial Aid Programs.

Find how to get help and grants for paying bills in all Delaware counties and cities, including Wilmington. the government may assist with paying housing costs, such as rent, a mortgage, or energy bill. There are also cash benefits, free medical care, support for seniors in Delaware, and other forms of financial help.

Delaware Prescription Assistance Program (DPAP)
This is a program to help pay for prescription drug medicine for the elderly and/or disabled individuals in Delaware. 1-800-996-9969

Emergency Assistance Services and Rent
Emergency assistance will help pay for rent, utilities, food and emergency shelter. Financial aid is provided for eligible lower-income families in order to help them to prevent homelessness and maintain self-sufficiency. Contact a state service center near you. More on Delaware emergency assistance.

Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Prevention Programs
Delaware encourages all homeowners who need help with paying their mortgage or if they need to stop a foreclosure to seek help. The state of Delaware will support all families in taking advantage of the programs that are available. Find out about mortgage aid. Read more Delaware mortgage programs.

In addition, non-profits can also provide free or low cost housing and foreclosure prevention. Learn more.

Delaware Healthy Children Program
This is a low-cost health insurance assistance program for Delaware's uninsured children. Some more moderate income families may qualify for help as well. 1-800-372-2022

This program provides free health insurance advice and counseling for individuals with Medicare. 1-800-336-9500




General Assistance
General Assistance is a program funded by Delaware that was designed to provide cash assistance and grants to lower income families and people who do not qualify for federally funded aid programs, such as Social Security benefits or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
This is Delaware's main government grant and cash assistance program. The goal of the TANF assistance program is to give people temporary financial aid until they can obtain a job. Funds can be used for housing, rent, food, and other needs. 1-800-464-4357

Delaware Social Services and Government Assistance
The state’s Division of Social Services runs a number of low income programs across the region. Families can apply for free medications, grants for paying energy bills, and low cost or free food and medical care. More public assistance in Delaware.

Food Stamps
This is a program offered to Delaware families that will that enables struggling families to buy a variety of food and groceries that is the basis for better health and nutrition.

Child Care Services and Vouchers
This assistance provides support for individuals and families with young children. By assisting with child care, the program will help those families keep a job, obtain employment training or meet the special needs of the child. 302-892-5800, or continue reading child care subsidy programs in Delaware.





Emergency Financial Aid
A leading non-profit to call for help is the Salvation Army. They operate several centers in Delaware. Programs offered by the organization include heating bill assistance, emergency housing, food, and Christmas assistance. Ongoing case management is provided too. More Salvation Army assistance Delaware.

Food Banks in Delaware
Residents who are facing a hardship or who may be low income can receive free food and possibly other forms of non-financial aid, such as household goods. The services are available from a food bank or pantry in the state. More on food pantries in Delaware.

Transitional Housing and Shelters in Delaware
Located across the state, with an emphasis on the Wilmington area, there are short term and low income housing units offered. Locations are for the homeless, single moms, and families that were evicted. There will also often be free meals, job training, and other services provided. Click more information.

Legal Aid and Representation
Low income families, seniors, and the working poor in Delaware can get free advice and representation from pro-bono law firms and attorneys. A specialty is on civil legal cases that are faced by families. More information.

Low Cost or Free Medical Care
Medical professionals, volunteers, nurses and others provide families and individuals with access to free or reduced cost health care, prescriptions, and dental assistance. Read more clinics in Delaware.

In addition to the medical care above, learn how to get assistance with any dental needs you may have. Numerous centers focus on that. Read more on Delaware dental centers.

Patients that lack health insurance can also receive assistance. Government programs can provide medical care such as prescriptions, check ups, assistance for children, lab work, cancer tests, and other services. Read uninsured medical care in Delaware.

Holiday Assistance Programs
A few dozen charity organizations across Delaware provide help at the major events, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. Everything from free toys to hot meals or food baskets are passed out, as well as home visits to the elderly. More Delaware holiday programs.

Government Grants, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency
Non-profit community action agencies administer several programs in Delaware. They oversee government assistance such as rental help and funds for paying energy bills. Other services include job training, meals, food assistance, and education. Learn more.





Delaware Energy and Heating Bill Programs
Most of the utility and gas companies that operate in the state offer their customers financial assistance as well as ways to save money through conservation. Financial assistance and/or cash grant programs may be offered to their low income customers. More on Delaware energy bill assistance programs.

Help for Seniors
Elderly residents, senior citizens, and people over 55 have resources available for their unique needs. Agency on Aging offices coordinate many assistance programs for nutrition, medical needs, and job training. Click here for details.

Assistance From Delaware Cities and Counties

Kent County (Dover)

New Castle (Wilmington)

  • Food banks and pantries in Wilmington. Read more.

Sussex County (Georgetown)

Delaware Utility and Heating Bill Assistance

Citizens Energy
Oil Heat Program will provide free heating oil to families who need help paying heating bills. Qualified families who need help will receive a one-time delivery of up to 100 gallons of free heating oil.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will help homeowners save energy. It will install energy conserving improvements in homes to help them reduce their energy burden, lower their energy costs and utility bills, and improve their health and safety in the home.

Delaware Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) is a program that ins funded by Delaware and the federal government for lower income families. It will help them meet their costs of home energy. There are three main components.





  • Summer Cooling Assistance Program (SCAP): This component operates during the summer months of June-August and it will helps pay for electricity bill to cool homes.
  • Fuel Assistance: Helps with paying home energy bills from the period of October 1 - March 31.
  • Crisis Assistance: This assistance program will aid households in crisis during the winter months. Help may be provided in the form of a supplemental grant payment to their fuel assistance benefit.


By Jon McNamara

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