Discretionary housing payments is a scheme, which in some instances, awards short-term further financial assistance:
The scheme is to help out while you try to improve your financial circumstances or secure cheaper, alternative accommodation.
To get a discretionary payment towards your rent you must either:
There is no right for anyone to receive a discretionary housing payment.
The discretionary housing payment scheme has a limited budget therefore each application will be considered on its own individual merits.
We will look at your income and expenditure to decide if you need extra financial support.
In some cases, a discretionary housing payment may be awarded to cover other housing costs.
Examples of when we might award a discretionary housing payment
How to apply
You are unable to complete an application online but you can download and print an application for discretionary housing payment
Return your completed application by:
Post to: People Services Directorate, P.O. Box 103, Sunderland West LDO, SR2 8YH
Applications can also be made by speaking to our Home and money team.
Full details of our discretionary housing payment policy (pdf).
Read our frequently asked questions (pdf) about DHP.
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