Who can get extra help
To get a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) you must be:
- receiving Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance, or Universal Credit (including the housing element)
- reside in Birmingham and be claiming from Birmingham City Council
- be able to demonstrate financial need
In certain circumstances we may be able to pay a DHP to cover a rent deposit, rent in advance or removal expenses. To be eligible for this must meet the above criteria as well as have a valid reason to move.
In addition, the property must be affordable and any deposit amount must be reasonable.
A DHP may be paid if:
- someone in the household has needs associated with disability or ill health
- the accommodation has been adapted because of disability
- someone in the household has a relevant medical need
- it is not possible or practical for someone to look for alternative accommodation
This is not an exhaustive list and does not cover all the circumstances in which a DHP may be paid.
A DHP will not be paid for the following:
- water, meals, fuel or other ineligible charges included in your rent
- shortfall in housing benefit due to an overpayment being recovered
- rent that is clearly excessive
- increase in rent due to outstanding rent arrears
- shortfall caused by certain sanctions and reductions in benefit