Renfrewshire Council

Discretionary housing payments

If you need help to pay your housing costs, you be able to get a discretionary housing payment (DHP).

These payments are not a type of housing benefit or Universal Credit housing cost.

They are extra payments made to help with housing costs like some or all of a rent shortfall over a few weeks or a new tenancy rent deposit.

The Discretionary Housing Payments budget is limited each year and the payments can only be a short term solution to financial difficulties. If you need to find a longer term solution, we would recommend you seek support from Advice Works.

Who qualifies for discretionary housing payments

Every case is different and depends on your individual circumstances. To qualify you must be:

  • entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs
  • able to show us you need help meeting your housing costs.

How to apply

Apply for a discretionary housing payment (DHP) online