Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme (DHP)


Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) provide financial support to help with rent or housing costs.

You can apply for a DHP if you currently get either;



A DHP can help people with a range of housing costs, including;


  • rent shortfalls - the difference between your rent liability and your income, including any benefits
  • rent deposits
  • rent in advance 
  • removal costs


If you wish to apply please complete the online form where you can also upload and attach supporting evidence.

If you need to provide documents after your application has been submitted you can attach them using our online evidence upload form.


The online form is a combined DHP and Exceptional Hardship Payment form, but we will only assess you for the help that you need based on your circumstances.