Residents struggling to afford basics during coronavirus urged to apply for grants

Hounslow Council is urging residents struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic to apply for help and assistance to buy basics such as food.

Published: Thursday, 28th January 2021

Get the support you need

Anyone living in the London Borough of Hounslow can apply for assistance and will be awarded support if they meet the criteria. Each grant scheme has its own criteria which applicants should review before applying.

A Hounslow resident is classed as someone who is living in the borough and able to provide documentary evidence to confirm their address or has secured a private tenancy which they can prove.

Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said:

“If you’re struggling to afford the basics, like food and essential supplies, I urge you to apply for one of these grants. If you know anyone facing the same predicament, please tell them about these grants so that they can get the support they need as well.

“Residents in Hounslow are doing their best to keep safe during the pandemic, but some individuals and families face the double whammy of financial hardship as the effects of economic downturn hit the borough. That’s why I can’t stress enough how important it is that we get this support to the people who need it.

“There are a number of different avenues for support, including the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant, Self-Isolation payments, Discretionary Local Crisis Payments, and the council can also help with white goods and second-hand furniture.

"Apply online or call Hounslow Council’s advice line on 0208 5834242.”

Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for food and essential supplies

This scheme helps support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to current COVID-19 pandemic.

Self-isolation Payments

Discretionary Local Crisis Payments

This scheme is in place to:

  • ​​​​​​Help households to establish themselves in the community following a stay in institutional or residential care
  • Help households remain in the community instead of entering institutional or residential care
  • Ease exceptional pressures and stress on households
  • Avoid serious risk to health and safety where it may be prevented.
  • Apply online

Council tax support scheme for people on a low income

Discretionary Housing payments

This is to help customers on low income with a rental liability.

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