Delaware State Housing Authority Assistance

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant continues to be the main source of funding for the department. The Delaware State Housing Authority receives these funds on behalf of Sussex County, as we are a County that does not receive direct entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to HUD, the program’s objectives are to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low to moderate income. Funding may be used to update water/sewer facilities, demolition, rehabilitation, and assistance to nonprofit entities.

CARES Act Supplemental CDBG Funding

Sussex County Government has received additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in addition to the FY19 and FY20 program funding.

Through the CARES Act, the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) is making $952,767 available to Sussex County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A more detailed breakdown is available below. The County proposes to use these funds for CDBG Public Service activities, primarily to prevent and respond to homelessness. Units of local government and non-profit entities are eligible to apply.

Eligible CDBG Activities

Estimated Amount

Hotel/Motel Vouchers – DHSS & DSHA Partnership


COVID-19 Eligible Public Service Activities (i.e. Rental/Utility Assistance, Legal Services, Food Distribution, Medical Supplies)


Sussex County Administration





A public meeting was held virtually on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. View the presentation.

An advertised five-day comment period, as permitted by HUD, was held from Friday, July 24, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020.


The Delaware State Housing Authority’s Substantial Amendment and other related CARES Act documentation can be found on their website.

As announced during the public hearing on July 29th, the application for funding will be made available from August 10th through August 24th. Applications are due Monday, August 24th by 4:30 PM. Completed applications may be emailed to Brandy Nauman at