Most of our tenants under pensionable age will be required to make a claim for Universal Credit. If you are not eligible for Universal Credit, you may be entitled to housing benefit.
The housing benefit scheme is meant to ensure that people have sufficient income to afford the rent on a reasonably priced home. If you are on a low income, you may be able to get housing benefit.
To claim, you will need to fill in a housing support claim form. Forms and additional information can be found at your local Revenue and Benefits office, or via one of the following links:
Click here if you live in Mid-Sussex
Click here if you live in Horsham
Click here if you live in Adur
You should claim as soon as you think you may be entitled as there are strict rules about the time limits for submitting claims.
Housing benefit claims can only be backdated for one month for working age claimants, or three months for those of pensionable age.
Help making a claim
If you would like help to make a claim, please ask to make an appointment with one of our Money Matters Advisors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01403 226000.
Change in circumstances
If your circumstances change, you must report this immediately as it can affect your benefit entitlement.
Check your possible entitlements by using the benefits calculator to see if you're missing out on financial help.
Discretionary housing payments
These are special payments to help you if the housing benefit payments you get are not enough to pay your rent. The scheme is meant to help you with short term emergencies and the amount of support available is limited.
There are no set criteria and each application is treated on its own merits. However, they will consider:
How to apply
You can apply online or contact your local Revenue and Benefits Office for an application form or further advice.