Find details on Discretionary Housing Payments and how to apply.

Find details on DHP and how to apply for this discretionary award

Discretionary Housing Payment is a discretionary financial award to help assist customers who are unable to meet their rent costs. The money for these awards is paid to the Council in the form of a grant by Central Government. However, the grant is capped so it isn't possible to help everyone who applies. Awards are normally short-term or for a limited period depending on an individual's circumstances.

Who can apply?

Wolverhampton residents who are receiving Housing Benefit or the Housing Costs Element of Universal Credit.

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for an award, please complete the form below.

A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is an award of additional financial assistance to help with your rent / other housing costs. The council can make an award if you are unable to meet your eligible housing costs from your available income or savings and you live in Wolverhampton.

You may only apply for a DHP if you are getting housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit. It does not matter whether you rent your home from the council, a housing association, a charity or a private landlord.

In most cases, any award of a DHP will be short term to give you time to make changes. This could mean moving to more affordable accommodation, getting help with budgeting advice, adjusting your finances, dealing with a temporary difficulty, finding employment or returning to work. A DHP can be awarded for longer periods in exceptional circumstances.

Form Guidance

  • If you are made an award and would like it paid directly to your bank account, we will need to see a copy of your statement. There is an option at the end of the form to enable you to do this.
  • If you are a private tenant we will need to see evidence of your monthly rent. This could be a rent statement from your landlord/agent showing the rent due and payments made.
  • There is no save feature on this form. If you close this page you will need to start at the beginning of the form.

Apply for DHP online