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.
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.
You can apply online for DHP at www.calderdale.gov.uk/benefits or drop in at any Customer First office for an application form.