Support for housing costs - Hampshire

Local councils responding to individual need

District and borough councils will be supporting vulnerable households with exceptional housing costs, where existing housing support schemes do not meet need and for cases of genuine emergency.

The fund cannot be used for ongoing support for rent or mortgage payments. Eligibility for Discretional Housing Payments (DHPs) must be considered first and consideration given to whether there is a statutory risk of homelessness and therefore a duty of support is owed through the Homelessness Prevention Grant (HPG).

What is on offer?

A provision for support of housing costs, in exceptional cases of genuine emergency where existing housing support schemes do not meet the need, and in cases of genuine emergency. District and borough councils will determine funding based on individual needs.

Who is eligible?

Vulnerable households struggling with housing costs. The grant can be used, exceptionally and in genuine emergency, to provide support for historic rent arrears built up prior to an existing benefit claim for households already in receipt of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit.

The fund cannot be used for ongoing support for rent or mortgage payments. Eligibility for Discretional Housing Payments (DHPs) must be considered first and consideration given to whether there is a statutory risk of homelessness and therefore a duty of support is owed through the Homelessness Prevention Grant (HPG).

The grant cannot be used to provide mortgage support.

Homeowners and other individuals in receipt of some other form of housing support could still qualify for the other elements of the Household Support Fund (such as food, energy, water, essentials linked to energy and water and wider essentials).

When is support available?

June 2022 to September 2022

For more information: Contact your local Borough or District Council