Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

If your Housing Benefit doesn't cover all of your rent and you are having difficulty paying the shortfall, you may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help.

Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment online

Download the fact sheet and policy (PDFs)

A DHP can help, for example if you

  • are seeking more affordable accommodation and require assistance with a deposit, rent in advance or removal costs
  • are affected by the introduction of the benefit cap and are seeking employment
  • have been affected by previous Housing Benefit changes such as the extension of the Local Housing Allowance shared room rate to under 35s
  • have higher living costs because you are sick or disabled.

The award of a DHP is a discretionary decision and there is no statutory right to a payment. Each application will be treated strictly on its own merits.

We have a limited amount of money to provide this help, so any payment is likely to be for a short period only.

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