Sussex County Rental Program

The Sussex County Rental Program (SCRP), approved December 9th, 2008 and amended on November 1, 2016, seeks to stimulate the provision of affordable rental housing for the residents of Sussex County.

In 2019, Housing Alliance Delaware reported that there is a deficit of 1,990 affordable and available rental units Sussex County. Further, Housing Alliance Delaware indicates that it would take 93 hours at a minimum wage job to afford a two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent in the County. Sussex County’s own Housing Needs & Market Study from 2019 found that rent has increased 10% in Sussex County since 2012 due to increased demand from an influx of higher-income residents. The same study found that Sussex County’s jobs were largely based in four lower-wage industries: Retail Trade, Accommodations and Food Service, Health Care and Social Assistance and Manufacturing.

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 near 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.

SCRP Projects

Coastal Tide

Sussex County’s first SCRP project, Coastal Tide, in Lewes is currently under construction and preparing for lease-up. To provide a fair opportunity for all applicants, the County will utilize a lottery system to generate a waiting list.

For information about the project and units offered, please visit the Coastal Tide website

Coastal Tide Lease Agreements

Coastal Tide Presentation - County Council - December 8, 2020

Lottery

The first SCRP Lottery was open from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 through Friday, January 22, 2021.  Please visit this page for updates and future lottery openings.

To be entered in the lottery, applicants must complete the online webform above during the advertised lottery application period. Please note that submitting an application through the lottery does not guarantee a SCRP unit or a spot on the waiting list. Households submitting an application for the lottery will be pre-screened for completeness of application, income eligibility, and other SCRP eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants will be notified in writing regarding status and of any further information deemed necessary.

Late and or incomplete applications will not be considered for the lottery.

Applicants will be sorted using a random number generator and listed in the order drawn.

Units are then matched by proceeding down the list to the first household on the list that is appropriate size for the unit available according to the appropriate-unit-size criteria established for the lottery. The household must successfully complete the application process with the developer and site agent to be awarded a unit. The application process includes income verification, credit check, and background check for all members of the household 18 years of age and older. This process continues until all available units have been assigned to appropriately sized and eligible applicant households.

Waiting List

Households that were not awarded a unit will be placed on a waiting list in the order generated by the lottery. As units become available, the developer and/or site agent will proceed down the list matching the first household on the list that is appropriate size for the unit available. This process will continue until there are no more qualifying households. At that time, a new lottery will be advertised and made available for new applicants.

Tenant Eligibility

  • § Live and work in Sussex County for one-year preceding application; however, Employers may request waivers to this restriction
  • § Applicant must maintain SCRP unit as principal occupant and primary residence
  • § Tenants must earn between thirty and eighty percent (30-80%) of the Area Median Income. Income limits are defined below*:

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

Minimum Income 30% AMI*

$15,800

$18,050

$21,960

$26,500

$31,040

$35,580

Maximum

Income 80% AMI*

$42,100

$48,100

$54,100

$60,100

$64,950

$69,750

 

Rents

  • § Rents are calculated using 50% AMI and fixed based on bedroom-size.

Bedroom-Size

1 BR

2 BR

3 BR

Rent (does not include utilities)

$590

$705

$815

*Data is based on 2021 HUD Income Guidelines for Sussex County

Materials

SCRP Ordinance (As amended, November 2016)

Developer Application (November 2017)

Contact

If you are interested in participating in the SCRP Program as a developer OR tenant, please contact Brandy Nauman at (302) 855-7779 or via email.

Commitment to Fair Housing

It is the policy of Sussex County to comply with the Fair Housing Act, as amended, and the Delaware Fair Housing Act by ensuring that its officials, agents, and employees will not discriminate in any aspect of housing based on the following protected classes: race, color, religion, national origin, handicap/disability, familial status, sex, creed, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income.