Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Are you struggling to pay your rent?

You could apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) for help.

What is a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)?

If you are receiving housing benefit or housing costs within universal credit but are still having difficulty meeting your rent payments, you may be able to get extra help from the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Fund.

Priority is given to applications:

  • Where separated parents have a formal arrangement for shared care of a child, or children, and an additional bedroom is a requirement of the agreement.
  • To help with ongoing rental costs for a disabled person in significantly adapted accommodation.
  • To help with short term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment or secures alternative accommodation.
  • To help with short-term rental costs where the claimant is at risk of losing their tenancy resulting from an unexpected financial crisis.

Caption: A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) could help you pay your rentAm I eligible?

To be eligible to make a DHP application you just need to be receiving some Housing Benefit/housing costs entitlement that is less than your full rent.  You are not eligible if all your rent is covered by housing benefit. 

Awards are discretionary so a DHP cannot be guaranteed, but the Government has now provided additional funding to local authorities for Discretionary Housing Payments so we are urging anyone who feels they need some help with their rent payments to make an application.

 How to apply

Forms are available from your housing benefit office. DHPs are normally paid for a limited period alongside your usual Housing Benefit payments. You don’t have to be working or on any earnings replacement benefits to apply. If your application is because you’re struggling financially you may have to demonstrate this by completing a basic income and expenditure sheet to show what money you have coming in and going out.

Want to apply for a DHP and need some help?

If you would like some help to complete a DHP application or just some more information about it then contact our Financial Inclusion Team on 0141 589 7444 or e-mail us at contactus@qcha.org.uk