Basic Needs Program
Our Basic Needs program consists of six services. Please click on the links above for more information. Catholic Charities Basic Needs Program dates back to the 1960s and cares for households at risk of becoming homeless. We support low-income households who need help paying for basic living expenses through:
• Case Management Services
Promotes and supports stabilization by making individualized service plans with client to outline steps to reduce barriers to self-sufficiency, identifying needs, and providing education, guidance, and referrals.
• Financial Literacy Education
Identifies and sets financial goals like understanding credit and obtaining credit reports, opening a savings or other bank account, avoiding fringe banking services, and accessing low-interest loans.
• Budget Counseling
Creates a workable budget by reviewing spending patterns and organizing and prioritizing bills.
• Job Readiness
Improves income by polishing resume building, interviewing, and job seeking skills, and providing referrals to higher education and employment training.
• Rent / Mortgage / Utility Assistance
Financial grant paid to vendor for bill in arrears
This program brought to you in part through the generous support of Artesian Water, City of Newark Electric, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Delaware Electric Cooperative, and United Water.
Educating families about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and providing elibible families with enrollment assistance.
This program brought to you in part through the generous support of the Walmart Foundation.
• Thrift Services Vouchers
Payment credits for clothing, household goods, and/or furniture available through our Thrift Services
• Food Assistance
Food cooperative membership and emergency food pantry distributions
• Information and Referral Services
HOW WE HELP
To qualify, you must have a documented need requiring help with basic expenses such as rent payments, energy costs, and/or food. You must agree to a personal interview and a financial assessment.
To schedule an appointment, contact the office closest to you.
New Castle County Office
2601 W 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Kent County Office
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Sussex County Office
406 S Bedford Street, Suite 9
Georgetown, DE 19947
Eastern Shore Office/Seton Center
30632 Hampden Avenue
PO Box 401
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Please bring the following with you to your first appointment
· Photo ID
· Proof of Income (1 month’s worth)
· Monthly Expenses / Bills
· Social Security Cards for all household members