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Kent County Delaware assistance programs.

Find information on some agencies and non-profits in Kent County that can help people facing hardships pay short term bills, and also become self-sufficient over the long term. Also read about programs in New Castle and Sussex, as since Delaware is such a small state some agencies in other counties may offer financial assistance that overlaps.

Employment services and help finding a job

If you need help finding a job, or want to improve your career skills, contact Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. at (302) 422-4014. They both help people obtain, find, and maintain an optimal level of employment. Services offered include a job assessment, work adjustment training, facility, vocational evaluation and community based employment and training, and they also provide individuals with supported and competitive employment opportunities.

Help for bills and emergency assistance

People’s Place Inc. provides various human services programs to families and individuals in Kent County and throughout Delaware and other surrounding communities. Some of the services and resources they offer include outpatient counseling and therapy, veteran's outreach services, residential services for adolescents,  shelter services, information on grant programs for bills, case management for Section 8 residents and homeless individuals (Kent County), emergency assistance (rent, utilities, heating bills etc… in Kent County), domestic violence support services for men and women, free food information of locations, victim-offender mediation services, and substance abuse prevention for adolescents as well as veterans' services. (302) 422-8033, or learn more on programs from Peoples Place.

Health care services

Delmarva Rural Ministries, Inc., which goes by DRM, provides qualified patients with a myriad of health and medical care services including primary and preventive health care services. The various health care services that are provided to those in the community with low to modest incomes, including farm workers and their families who live n central and southern Delaware. Some of the various outreach services that are also offered to eligible individuals also include transportation, translation, and crisis intervention including emergency food assistance. Call (302) 678-3652 to learn more.





Hardship and crisis programs

Dover and Kent County residents can also call the First State Community Action Agency. This is the community action agency that helps people all across Delaware. This non-profit agency also offers a host of assistance programs and resources, including the following:

  • Emergency Food and Groceries
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention - Learn about federal government programs, and also options available in the state, including Delaware emergency mortgage program.
  • Rent help, including Eviction Prevention
  • Medical Prescriptions and pharmaceutical drugs
  • Cars for careers - Automobiles, loans, and repairs if you need to make it to work
  • Case management and counseling
  • Weatherization and low income energy bill assistance programs

Call the community action agency at (302) 856-7761

The Dover Corps of the Salvation Army offers limited financial assistance, and it is based on available funds. The phone number is (302) 678-9551. The church aims to provide relief to families and individuals who need help with bills and critical living expenses. The non-profit focuses its resources on people who are in distress or dire economic circumstances without regard to their age, race, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation.

The Dover Delaware based charity is intended to provide short-term emergency shelter, housing aid and the agency will endeavor to reduce the degree of homelessness in Kent County, Delaware. They also help with mortgages, provide free Christmas toys or school supplies, food, and much more. The location is 611 Forrest Street, Dover, DE 19904.




Kent County Delaware Lutheran Community Services - The low income, homeless, and struggling can get help from this charity. Other aid is for the elderly and disabled in the county. For information on the resources mentioned below, call the agency to apply.

The FAITH Center from the charity may have funds to pay energy bills, housing costs (such as rent or deposits), or loans to be used for emergency home repairs. They also coordinate budgeting and literacy workshops with partners such as the Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware. Groceries are passed out from free food banks and basic needs are distributed from Lutheran clothing closets and thrift stores. Other support is available as well in the city of Dover. Learn more.


By Jon McNamara











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