Discretionary Housing payments (DHPs)
The DHP income may help you if you are on low income and struggling to pay your rent.
To apply for a DHP - you must be in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal credit.
These are some examples of things we will consider to see if you are suitable for this grant:
- you have unavoidable extra expenses due to short term illness or significant health problems
- you are having difficulty paying your rent whilst you look for cheaper accommodation
- the Local Housing Allowance does not cover your full rent
- your income has reduced due to the benefit cap
- you are receiving Universal Credit and have a rental liability
- you are receiving less housing benefit because you are under occupying your property
- your choice of housing was beyond your control due to urgency or special needs
- you have unusual or special circumstances
- when you moved into the property you could afford the rent, but your circumstances changed, and you cannot move until your tenancy ends
- to help you with short-term rental costs until you are able to secure and move to alternative accommodation
- to help with short-term rental costs while you look for employment
- to help with on-going rental costs if you are a disabled person in adapted accommodation
- to help with on-going rental costs for foster carer
- to help with short term rental costs for any other reason.
This list is a guide only and will not cover all circumstances. Each case is considered individually.
For more details, see our discretionary housing payments web page