Calderdale Council is reminding residents that they may be eligible for financial support if they are struggling to keep up with payments of rent.
The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme is an emergency fund which provides financial assistance whilst allowing people time to find alternative solutions. This is an additional payment on top of any housing benefit already received.
DHP is intended to cover shortfalls between Housing Benefit, or the housing element of Universal Credit in payment and rental costs. It can also be used for rent in advance, rent deposits and removal costs.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said:
“We want to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are accessing all support to which they may be entitled.
“Some people may be in desperate need for this support, but are perhaps not aware that DHP exists. We want to make it absolutely clear to residents who are struggling that help is available and let them know how they can apply for this.”
Take up of the scheme is relatively low in Calderdale, so the Council is running a campaign to let people know that funding exists, to help those most in need.
The campaign is now underway, using a number of different channels to get the message across, including posters, newspaper and magazine adverts and social media. There will also be letters sent out to residents who may be eligible, but perhaps aren’t aware of the scheme.
You can apply online for DHP at www.calderdale.gov.uk/benefits or drop in at any Customer First office for an application form.