Resources for People in Need of Shelter or Housing

Housing Resources can be classified as: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Subsidized Housing. Supportive Housing:

  1. Emergency Shelter tends to be short-term, free and have few qualifications other than need for immediate shelter and a willingness to follow the rules.
  2. Transitional Housing is typically more program-oriented. Prospective residents are interviewed and must commit to active participation in a goal-oriented life-recovery program. Many transitional housing programs have a specific target population (e.g. people in recovery from addictions, ex-offenders, battered women, etc.) Transitional housing programs usually demand a commitment of three months to two years.
  3. Subsidized Housing usually involves public funding through the state or federal government. While HUD funded public housing authorities like WHA (Wilmington Housing Authority) are the best-known examples of such subsidized housing, some other human service agencies also receive HUD funding to offer their clients help with their rent.
  4. Supportive Housing provides clients in need with independent housing and ongoing human service support. This housing is usually, but not always subsidized housing. The sponsoring human service agency usually provides such housing for a particular class of clients (e.g. the elderly, the disabled, homeless veterans, people in recovery from addictions, young people maxing out of the foster care system, etc.)
  1. Emergency Shelters

All shelters that receive federal funding are now required to admit clients through a central intake process operated by the Homeless Planning Council. To get a referral to a HUD-funded shelter a person in need should call the Delaware 2-1-1 help line. Upon informing the operator they are experiencing a housing crisis, they will be asked to supply some basic information and a valid phone number at which they can be reached for a return call. Their case will then be transferred to a housing specialist who will contact them by phone to set up an appointment for an intake and assessment. The average call-back time is about 72 hours. The average shelter placement time is about one week. The only shelters that do not take government money and accept applicants directly are the Sunday Breakfast Mission, Friendship House and Family Promise. (Updated 9/28/14)

FOR SINGLE MEN:

Sunday Breakfast Mission
110 N Poplar St, Wilmington
Night to Night – Admission at the door

House of Joseph I for Homeless Men
1328 W 3r St, Wilmington
30 – 45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

ABOUT THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION:
The Sunday Breakfast Mission is a Christian organization which operates both a faith-based residential treatment program for men, women and families (1 – 3 years) as well as a 75 bed emergency shelter single men. Admission for the treatment program is by interview. Anyone, who is willing to follow the shelter rules and is in line by 7:00 PM can get emergency shelter. First time residents should show up at 5:45 PM for an intake. 

ABOUT THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH I:
House of Joseph I provides emergency shelter and services to homeless employable men and is operated by the Ministry of Caring. Residents come to the shelter for reasons that include family challenges, substance abuse, mental health disorders, unemployment or underemployment. Case managers initially help the men to resolve immediate crises. Subsequently, they begin the process of identifying barriers to long-term self-sufficiency. The opportunity to learn life management skills has proven especially helpful. Throughout every resident’s stay, House of Joseph I strives to help each man reach his next step on the road to independent living. 

FOR SINGLE WOMEN:

Hope House I
1105 W 8th St
30 -45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Salvation Army EHR
500 Orange St
30 – 45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Sunday Breakfast Mission
110 N Poplar St
72 hours – Interview required

ABOUT HOPE HOUSE I:
Hope House I provides housing and supportive services for those women 18 and over who want to address the root causes of their homelessness. Programs include intensive case management, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services, housing assistance and placement, and job search and training.

ABOUT SALVATION ARMY EHR:
The Emergency Housing Residence Program is a complete package of services providing lodging that is clean and comfortable, equipped with a food service and dining program, a carefully protected entrance with security equipment and a front desk clerk on duty around the clock. Routine checks are made throughout the building during sleeping hours. Caseworkers provide social and referral services that are vital to the needs of the clients we serve. House capacity is 52 beds and 4 cribs. 

ABOUT THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN:
Homeless women in need of emergency shelter are given seventy-two hours of emergency shelter and are welcomed to become part of the Sunday Breakfast Mission’s residential program. They should be aware, however, that members of the residential program are not allowed to leave the shelter during their probationary period and are expected to participate fully in the discipleship program.

FOR MOTHERS WITH CHILDREN:

Hope House II
121 N Jackson St, Wilmington
30 – 45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Hope House III
515 N Broom St, Wilmington
30 – 45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Salvation Army EHR
500 N Orange St, Wilmington
30 – 45 days – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Battered Women’s Shelter Confidential
Call 762-6110
30 – 45 day – Interview Required

Martha House
602 Philadelphia Pike
6 months maximum – Centralized Intake Interview Required

Family Promise Rotating Location
Call 998-2222
15 week maximum – Interview Required

Sunday Breakfast Mission
110 N Poplar St, Wilmington
72 hours – Program Participation Required

ABOUT HOPE HOUSES II & III:
These cheerful, comfortable sites provide residents with a stable environment of support and guidance along with nourishing, well-balanced meals for 30 to 45 days. In their journeys toward self-sufficiency, the women also have an opportunity to acquire skills in life management and parenting and also to use Ministry of Caring child care services. Their children receive educational and recreational enrichment throughout their stays. Hope House II & III are key points of entry into the Ministry continuum of care for the homeless. Case managers can easily connect women with services such as job training/placement assistance, medical and dental care and personal counseling.

ABOUT SALVATION ARMY EHR:
(See Description Under Single Women)

ABOUT THE BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTERS:
CHILD, Inc. operates two shelters for battered women and their children, one in Southern New Castle County (Sarah’s House) and the second in Northern New Castle County, (Martha’s Carriage House). The mission of CHILD, Inc.’s sheltering program is to reduce domestic violence by providing safety, support, and advocacy to victims. If a Spanish-speaking client seeks refuge at either Martha’s Carriage House or Sarah’s House, she will receive additional help from bilingual case managers.

ABOUT FAMILY PROMISE:
Family Promise of Northern New Castle County provides shelter to homeless families with children through a network of congregations that host these families directly in their houses of worship, staffed by caring volunteers. Families stay at a different host site each week for about 15 weeks. During this time, Family Promise staff and volunteers help each family move toward lasting independence by providing a safe place to eat and sleep, intensive case management, life skills training, support, and encouragement. Each guest and volunteer is important to us, and we are joyful about all of the acts that happen in our midst to restore families to stable housing. 

ABOUT SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION:
The Mission’s New Life Program offers homeless families a safe , supportive environment and a holistic faith-based program while they rebuild their lives. Services include Bible-based counseling, life skills training, GED and education assistance, work training and job coaching, budget counseling, major life issues classes, parenting skills classes, nutrition education and family therapy. 

FOR FATHERS WITH CHILDREN:

Family Promise
Rotating Location, Call 998-2222
15 week maximum – Interview Required

Sunday Breakfast Mission
110 N Poplar St
72 hours – Program Participation Required

ABOUT FAMILY PROMISE:
(See Description Under Mothers With Children)

ABOUT THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION NEW LIFE PROGRAM:
(See Description Under Mothers With children)

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN:

Family Promise
Rotating Location, Call 998-2222
15 week maximum – Interview Required

Sunday Breakfast Mission
110 N Poplar St
Unlimited – Program Participation Required

ABOUT FAMILY PROMISE:
(See Description Under Mothers With Children)

ABOUT THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION NEW LIFE PROGRAM:
(See Description Under Mothers With children)

FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN:

Governor Terry Children Center
Call 762 – 6110
Age 9 – 17

The Governor Terry Children’s Center is the only temporary shelter for children and youth in the state. It offers a temporary sanctuary to dependent, neglected and/or abused children and youth by providing emergency shelter, food, clothing and age-appropriate counseling to children ages nine through seventeen. These children are in the care or custody of the State of Delaware, Division of Family Services.

2. Transitional Housing Programs

FOR SINGLE MEN:

Friendship House Transitional Housing for Men
6 – 26 weeks for employable homeless men in recovery
Interval and Referral Required; Must have graduated from a residential treatment program or FH Job Readiness Program; Must be employed within 6 weeks of admission; Must commit to holistic life-recovery program

Gateway House
1 – 3 yrs for single men in recovery
Interview required; Must be in case management with Gateway counselor and another program; Subsidized rent; Must meet HUD guidelines

Sunday Breakfast Mission for Men
1 – 3 yrs for single men interested in faith-based recovery
Interview required; Must complete 30 day probation; Must commit to Christian Discipleship Program

FOR SINGLE WOMEN:

Friendship House Transitional Housing for Women
6 – 26 weeks for employable homeless women in recovery
Interval and Referral Required; Must have graduated from a residential treatment program or 30 day shelter program

Sojourner’s Place
3 – 6 months for program oriented homeless women
Interview & Mental Health Evaluation Required

Sunday Breakfast Mission for Women
1 – 3 yrs for single women interested in faith-based recovery
Interview required; Must complete 30 day probation; Must commit to Christian Discipleship Program

FOR WOMEN WITH CHILDREN:

Friendship House Transitional Housing for Women
6 – 26 weeks for employable homeless women with children in recovery
Interval and Referral Required; Must have graduated from a residential treatment program or 30 day shelter program; Must commit to holistic life-recovery program

YWCA Home Life Management
6 month – 1 yr for homeless women with children
Centralized intake interview Required; Must meet HUD guidelines

Family Promise
15 week maximum
Interview Required; No addiction, mental health or legal issues

Sunday Breakfast Mission for Women with Children
1 – 3 yrs for women with children interested in faith-based recovery
Interview required; Must complete 30 day probation; Must commit to Christian Discipleship Program

FOR FAMILIES:

YWCA Home Life Management
6 month – 1 yr for homeless families with children
Centralized Intake; Interview Required; Must meet HUD guidelines

Family Promise
15 week maximum
Interview Required; No addiction, mental health or legal issues

Sunday Breakfast Mission for Families
1 – 3 yrs for families interested in faith-based recovery
Interview required; Must complete 30 day probation; Must commit to Christian Discipleship Program       

3. Subsidized Housing

HUD-SPONSORED HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA)
www.destatehousing.com
302-739-4263 (office)
302 – 739-6940 (Waiting list)

Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA)
www.whadelaware.org
1800 N Broom St, Wilmington
302 – 429 – 0954 (public housing)
400 N. Walnut
302-429-6701 (Section 8, Section 32)

Newark Housing Authority (NHA)
www.newarkhousingauthority.net
313 E Main St, Newark
302 – 366 – 0826

About HUD Public Funding:
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing varies in size and type. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by about 3,300 housing agencies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies to manage housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. A Housing Authority (HA) determines your eligibility based on: (1) annual gross income; (2) whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and (3) U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status. If you are eligible, the HA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.

Housing Authorities use income limits developed by HUD. HUD sets the lower income limits at 80% and very low income limits at 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which you live. Income limits vary in each area, so you may be eligible at one HA but not at another. The local HA can provide you with the local income levels for your family size, or you can look on the internet.

SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSING

Herring Manor Apartments
2412 N Market St, Wilmington
302-655-2418

Ingleside Retirement Apartments
1005 N Franklin St, Wilmington
302-575-0250

Liberty Terrace
100 Liberty Terrace, Newark
302-322-8953

Los Jardine Senior Housing
419-427&431 N Jackson St, Wilmington
302-652-5390

Luther Towers I
1201 N Harrison St, Wilmington
302-652-8797

Luther Towers II
1420 N Franklin St, Wilmington
302-654-4491

Main Towers
330 e Main St, Newark
302-737-9574

Manlove Gardens
613 Washington St, Wilmington
302-654-9113

Marrows Court
100 Witherspoon Lane, Newark
302-453-9596

Quaker Hill Place
200 Washington St, Wilmington
302-571-0100

Sacred Heart Village
917 N Monroe St, Wilmington
302-652-5523

St. Anthony’s Antonian
1701 W 10th St, Wilmington
302-421-3757

Terry Apartments
2400 N Broom St, Wilmington
302-655-6661

Windsor Apartments
500 Walnut St, Wilmington
302-656-1354

SRO (Single Room Occupancy)

YMCA
501 w 11 St, Wilmington
571-6950

YWCA
225 N King St
658-7161

4. Supportive Housing

Oxford Houses for Men
See website for directory www.oxfordhouse.org/pdf/de
Single Men In Recovery

Oxford Houses For Women
See website for directory www.oxfordhouse.org/pdf/de
Single women in Recovery

1212 Club
2700 N Washington St
764-4048
Single Men in Recovery

NAMI Houses
36 properties, 166 residents
427-0787
Adults with Mental Illness

MOC Padre Pio House
213 N Jackson St
Single Men with Long-term Disabilities

MOC Bethany House I
601 N Jackson St
594-9458
Single Women with Special needs

MOC Maria Lorenzo Longo House
822 Jefferson St
652-5523
Single Homeless Women Graduates of MOC Hope House & Transitional Housing

Women At the Well
Several properties in Wilmington
397-1492
Single Homeless Women

Rapid Re-Housing & Supportive Housing:
With the passage of the Hearth Act, HUD has made the rapid rehousing of the newly homeless and permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless its topic priority. Although all HUD funded homeless service agencies are involved in this project, Connections CSP is the largest provider of housing for persons with incomes at or below 30% of area median in Delaware, owning and operating more than 500 housing units. In addition to housing, its services include outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment; DUI services; homeless outreach; primary medical care; community-based case management; home health care; and employment assistance for people who have barriers to employment. To learn more, visit their office at 500 W 10th St. or call 1-888-477-3545.

(Last updated 11/25/2019)