In December 2008, the Sussex County Council approved the Sussex County Rental Program (SCRP). The SCRP was created because of the significant lack of affordable rental housing in the County. In 2016, there are approximately 17,197 renter households in Sussex County face a severe shortage of affordable rental units. Based on the most recent Department of Labor data, the fastest growing jobs are in the lowest paying sector: the service industry. New development is not adequately addressing the rental housing needs of the County’s low and moderate income residents and workforce. Without an adequate supply of affordable rental housing in close proximity to employment and town centers, the County’s workforce must commute a great distance for work. Not only do long commutes have a negative effect on the environment and transportation, but commuting also comes with high fuel expenses.
*The Sussex County Rental Program is currently undergoing significant changes, with an amendment to the Ordinance expected by Fall 2016. Until that time, the County is not accepting any new projects.
Please feel free to read the SCRP Ordinance for a more detailed description of the program as it currently reads.
If you are interested in the status of the SCRP Program, please contact Brandy Nauman at (302) 855-7779 or via email.