Whether you’re a tenant in the social sector or private sector, or if you have a mortgage, it’s important that you talk to your landlord or bank at the earliest opportunity if you think you will have difficulty paying your rent and bills, as they may be able to help you.
You could also be entitled to the following to help with your housing costs:
Discretionary Housing Payments: These can provide extra money when your local authority decides that you need extra help to meet your housing costs on top of what benefit support you already receive through the DWP (Department of Work & Pensions).
To get a Discretionary Housing Payment, you will need to either already be receiving the old scheme Housing Benefit or the housing contribution element through Universal Credit.
In addition, the Homelessness Prevention Fund can help people to keep their existing accommodation or assist with access alternative accommodation.
To find out if you are eligible for a discretionary housing payment or support from the Homelessness Prevention Fund contact Monmouthshire Council on 01633 644644 https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/housing/
Citizens’ Advice can provide good advice on your right to a secure home. National advice number: 0300 330 2117 or contact your local office (details on monmouthshire.gov.uk/money-advice )
Support to stay in your home:
Monmouthshire Council’s Housing Support Team aim to help anybody who might be at risk of losing their home for any reason and can provide advice, liaise with your landlord or mortgage lender, or sometimes even provide financial help. The team can also help you to deal with the reasons behind you struggling to pay your rent or mortgage – such as mental health worries or difficulties accessing the financial support that you’re entitled to.
If you are a tenant of a social landlord in Monmouthshire – such as Melin, Monmouthshire Housing Association, Pobl or United Welsh – you can access help and support with:
- Employment advice
- Debt advice
- Tenancy Support
- Benefits Advice
- Advice on utilities
Contacts for each of the larger housing associations in Monmouthshire are:
Pobl: email@example.com 01633 212375
Monmouthshire Housing Association: 0345 677 2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Melin: email@example.com or 01495 745910