Basic Needs Program


How Catholic Charities Helps


Catholic Charities Basic Needs Program supports families and individuals who need help in becoming self-supporting.  This program provides budget and housing counseling, information about and referral to other services, and assistance to help prevent future crises, as well as providing aid to households with overdue rent and utility payments.


Our Basic Needs Program, dating back to the 1960s, helps families to avoid homelessness and empowers them to become self-sufficient through:

— Budget Counseling

— Information and Referral Services

— Rent / Mortgage / Utility Assistance


Catholic Charities operates many programs that support those in need.  Programs include mental health, addiction and substance abuse, and pregnancy counseling, domestic violence and anger management classes, the Low-Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP), food cooperatives, and emergency food pantries.  If you need additional help, we will refer you to one or more of our programs, or to another agency if we can’t help.


Our program guidelines, by design, remain flexible— allowing us to respond to special needs and requests.  For this reason, other community agencies look to us for coordination to serve the client that falls between the cracks of the social service system.  We strive to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to working through financial difficulties.



How To Get Help

For more information, please contact Catholic Charities’ location nearest you.


New Castle County Office

2601 W Fourth Street

Wilmington, Delaware 19805

Phone: 302-655-9624


Kent County Office

2099 S DuPont Highway

Dover, Delaware 19901

Phone: 302-674-1600


Sussex County Office

406 S Bedford Street, Suite 9

Georgetown, Delaware 19947

Phone: 302-856-9578


Eastern Shore Office/Seton Center

30632 Hampden Avenue

PO Box 401

Princess Anne, Maryland 21853

Phone: 410-651-9608


Click here to send an email for more information.


Bring with you for an appointment:

— Proof of Income

— Monthly Expenses / Bills

— Proof of Address

— Social Security Cards for all household members

— Copy of bill to be paid


How You Can Help


Click here to donate to the Basic Needs Program using a credit card.  You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Basic Needs Program on the check memo line.


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