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.

SNAP Assistance

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


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
404 S Bedford Street, Suite 9
Georgetown, DE 19947

Eastern Shore Office/Seton Center
30632 Hampden Avenue
PO Box 401
Princess Anne, MD 21853

Click here to send an email for more information.

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