Discretionary Housing Payment
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are for people receiving Housing Benefit who require further financial assistance with housing costs because their benefit does not cover their full rent.
Anybody already in receipt of Housing Benefit who requires extra financial assistance with housing costs can apply.
There are no set rules about what reasons make a person eligible to receive DHP. The Benefit Service will look carefully at each request and take into account any special circumstances that contribute to the need for the DHP.
You cannot receive DHP to meet a shortfall in your Housing Benefit because of:
- Ineligible service charges
- Increases in rent due to outstanding rent arrears
- Certain sanctions and reductions in benefit.
Apply in writing and provide as much detail as possible so that the team can fully consider your situation. Include any information about your circumstances that make things difficult for you. You should also include any supporting evidence. You should make your application in writing or via email to the Benefit Finance Team.
Please also see discretionary assisstance for more information.
Who to contact
Where to go
Benefit Finance Team
Wandsworth Benefit Service, PO Box 500
- SW18 2PN
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To use this service you:
- Can apply yourself or
- someone can apply on your behalf