Resources Available for You.


Women Infants Children Nutrition Program (WIC)

WIC provides help to infants, children under age 5, and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have recently delivered their babies and are not breastfeeding.

Follow this link for information on How to Apply for WIC


Food Banks and Pantries

List of local resources for food assistance in your community, here.


Delaware Social Services

Applying for Medicaid – Delaware Social Services (DSS) has units throughout the state that determine eligibility for Delaware’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. ASSIST includes programs such as Food Stamps, Child Care and Medicaid programs.

  • Apply online for assistance & benefits.
  • Apply in person at one of the Delaware State Service Center Locations.
  • No insurance? See list of providers that may offer a sliding scale fee.
  • Medicaid – OB Practices that may accept new Medicaid patients.
  • Delaware Health Care Connection The Health Care Connection (HCC) ensures access by uninsured individuals to primary care doctors, medical specialists, health promotion and disease prevention services; and helps with access to other health resources—including prescription programs, and laboratory and radiology services. HCC program staff are available to assist individuals with establishing a health care home, scheduling appointments, and Pregnancy-Healthcare-Resources removing barriers to obtaining healthcare and health promotion services To inquire about membership or eligibility, please call 2-1-1 or email the program.


Pregnancy Health

Children & Families First
302-604-6301 or 800-220-3092 – Expecting or new mothers get the support needed to stay healthy from pregnancy to birth and beyond, nurture your child’s development, and achieve your personal and parenting goals

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies
A program for women who are Delaware residents. It facilitates extra services for women who are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or who just want to live healthier lives. These include personal health and wellness, nutrition, family planning, mental health, and prenatal care if you get pregnant.

Doctors who Provide OB/Pregnancy Care:

Tiny Steps Program at St. Francis Hospital

  • Tiny Steps offers complete prenatal and maternity care regardless of financial circumstances.
  • Pre-pregnancy planning
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Complete prenatal care
  • The same physician for nearly all your prenatal visits
  • 24-hour emergency care
  • Access to the Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby Program
  • Childbirth classes
  • Delivery at Saint Francis Hospital
  • Care in the hospital and post-delivery for your baby
  • Care of infant/child and immunization
  • Laboratory services
  • Financial aid
  • Bilingual patient education on pregnancy, childhood development and care, safety, parenting and nutrition Help accessing necessary services and resources available throughout the community In-office testing for anemia, hyperbilirubinemia, and other common medical problems

Maternal Fetal Services

Maternal-fetal medicine physicians step in to help monitor the health of both the child and mother and reduce any risk factors the pregnancy may be exposed to.


Childbirth and Breastfeeding

Classes Saint Francis Hospital’s childbirth and breastfeeding classes coach expectant mothers on what to expect during pregnancy and labor as well as advice on how to care for their newborn


St. Francis OB/GYN Doctors Office Location


Want a printout of all of the pregnancy healthcare resources? Click here.

Low Income Housing

Intake process is usually through 211*

Delaware Low-Income Housing Apartments
Find low-income apartments in Delaware along with non-profit organizations that help with low-income housing along with HUD apartments, public housing apartments, public housing authorities, and housing assistance agencies. You can use the search feature to find housing by area.

Low-Income Housing Grants
Low-income housing grants are provided by the federal government through HUD. The current program is called HOME. This helps increase the number of low-income housing for the low and very low-income families. Most of these grants are used for renters.

Delaware State Housing Authority
Offering four types of affordable housing: Public Housing; Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Voucher); Site-Based Subsidized Housing; and Tax Credit sites as well as a program for Rental and other assistance.

Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 577-5001

Dover Main Office
18 The Green Dover, DE 19901
(888) 363-8808 or (302) 739-4263

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (302) 652-0365
Habitat helps by building and repairing homes in partnership with people in need of decent, affordable housing in New Castle County.

Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) (302) 429-6700
WHA has a One-Stop Shop center that houses community agencies to provide services that fit the needs of our resident population to become employable and to live independently.

Maryland Short Term Transitional Housing

Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm (410) 275-2194
Deep Roots is a 20-acre facility with up to 12 apartments available for families with children who are experiencing homelessness featuring a central dining hall with a professional kitchen, chapel, and office building.

21 Veazey Cove Road
Earleville, MD 21919

Wayfarer’s House Cecil County (410) 398-4391
Provides transitional residential shelter services for women and single parents who are experiencing a period of homelessness in their lives. The program provides shelter; food; and assistance in obtaining medical, mental health, substance use treatment, and other services.

107 Delaware Avenue,
Elkton, MD 21921

Housing & Emergency Shelter

Delaware Helpline
In-state dial 211 Or call toll-free (800) 560-3372 or text your Zip Code to 898-211. Referral service for food, housing, counseling and support groups

Family Promise Hospitality Center
Intake through 211 or through DE Housing Alliance (833)FINDBED (302) 998-2222 
Case managers help people find temporary & long-term housing options. Financial assistance available

Family Promise Pathway to Housing (302) 998-2222
Ensuring every family experiencing homelessness in northern New Castle County has access to shelter, case management, and the resources necessary to secure permanent housing.

National Women’s Shelter Directory
A nationwide directory of shelters for women. Search through their list of women’s shelters including homeless shelters, family shelters, residential treatment centers, transitional housing other women’s assistance resources. Click on your state from the menu on the left then select a specific city/town.

Salvation Army Emergency Housing Residence (302) 472-0755
The residence is a 90 day emergency shelter for single women and women with children mainly from Wilmington and New Castle County. The Emergency Housing Residence consists of 52 beds in 13 rooms on two residential floors. The shelter operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

Samaritan Housing (302) 428-3635
Immediate crisis housing for women and women with children with Delaware Division of State Service Center housing voucher approval after emergencies such as house fires have left them homeless.

Sunday Breakfast Mission (877) 306-4663: ask for the Family Center
Providing temporary emergency shelter, nutritious meals, and hygiene materials with shelter specifically for women, and women with children. Click link below for online registration.

The Shepherd Place (302) 678-1909
Provides transitional housing, case management, food and other basic needs for women and children at no cost to those who need them in the Dover area.

YMCA Home-Life Management Center (302) 658-7110 or email 
Home-Life Management Center is a residential program designed for emergency and transitional housing. The program provides supportive services designed to teach valuable life skills and assist families to become gainfully employed, permanently housed and completely self-sufficient.

Ministry of Caring Emergency Shelters

For Single Women

Mary Mother of Hope House I
This shelter provides housing and supportive services for those women 18. Programs include intensive case management, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services, housing assistance and placement, and job search and training.

For Women & Children

Samaritan Housing
This shelter provides immediate crisis housing for women and women with children with Delaware Division of State Service Center housing voucher approval after emergencies such as house fires have left them homeless. The eight-unit, 23-bed Samaritan Housing provides up to 28 days of clean, safe housing along with meals, access to medical and dental care, mental health care, child care, job training/placement, help finding housing, free furniture and home goods – and services of an intake coordinator, case manager, resident manager and program director.

Mary Mother of Hope House II
This shelter provides residents with a stable environment of support and guidance along with nourishing, well-balanced meals for 30 to 45 days in their journeys toward self- sufficiency.

Mary Mother of Hope House III
This shelter provides a stable environment of support and guidance along with nourishing, well-balanced meals for 30 to 45 days. Women also have an opportunity to acquire skills in life management and parenting and also to use Ministry of Caring child care services. Their children receive educational and recreational enrichment throughout their stays. Case managers can easily connect women with services such as job training/ placement assistance, medical and dental care and personal counseling.

Supportive Transitional and Emergency Housing Ministry (S.T.E.H.M.)
S.T.E.H.M. offers two housing solutions in the Wilmington area for individuals requiring shelter in an emergency situation or as part of a longer-term transition to independent housing. Referral needed from ADOH (302) 429-0580.

The Motel Ministry
Provides short-term emergency housing for needy or displaced persons.

Martha House I & II
Provides long-term transitional housing for women and their children, fostering the goal of independent living through counseling and life skills training in a safe, supportive environment. It strives to reintegrate individuals by encouraging self-sufficiency, addressing the fundamental causes of homelessness, poverty, joblessness and inability to find and maintain affordable housing.

Emergency Winter Shelter

Friendship House — Code Purple
When temperatures are low enough to be dangerous in the cities of Wilmington, Newark, and Middletown. Pre-registration is required. The location of the Code Purple for each city will be shared at time of registration.

To register for a Code Purple please call:
Wilmington – (302) 652-8033
Newark – (302) 544-0165
Middletown – (302) 416-0982

*Please note that ADOH makes no guarantee as to the qualifications or performance of these referrals. Using these referrals is your decision and your responsibility. We are not affiliated with any of the listed organizations.