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Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

If you are a tenant and need extra help to meet your housing costs, you may be able to claim Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).

What is DHP?

DHP's can only be made to tenants who are in receipt of Housing Benefit or the Housing Element of Universal Credit.  A DHP is not a benefit payment, it's a stand-alone, short-term payment. We award these payments if we think that they will help you sort out your housing and money problems in the longer term.

You have to show that you are doing everything you can to address your housing or money problems. These problems might include difficulty to find a home or get a job, debts, or benefits and welfare issues.

For more information read the Icon for pdf Discretionary Housing Payment factsheet (PDF, 138.8kb) .

Apply for DHP

If you want to apply for DHP you can contact your landlord if you rent from a housing association to see if they can help you complete the form, if not contact our housing solutions team.