A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) can help if you're struggling to pay your rent.
If your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (housing element) does not cover all your rent, and you cannot afford to pay the rest, you may be able to get a DHP.
DHPs are a short-term solution. They give you time to adjust your circumstances so you can afford to pay the rest of your rent yourself.
In some cases, we can provide help for longer.
What DHPs can pay for
DHPs are made to help you move to cheaper alternative accommodation, or improve your financial situation. They can also be made to ease financial hardship as a result of a change in your circumstances, a reduction in income, or where your tenancy is at risk.
What DHPs cannot pay for
- Rent arrears
- Loans or debts
- If you've been sanctioned or had your benefits suspended
- Food, water and energy bills, or other service charges included in your rent
- A reduction in your Housing Benefit because you're repaying an overpayment
Make a claim
We'll look at your finances and personal circumstances, so it's important to give as much information as possible when you apply.