If you live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster, and you need help because of an emergency or a crisis, you may be entitled to a Local Support Payment.
You may also qualify if you need help to remain or settle in the community.
The payments are not given to you as cash. They are usually good quality, second hand furniture or white goods (for example, refrigerators or washing machines) or store vouchers for specific goods.
Before you can claim a Local Support Payment you have to:
If you think that you may be entitled to a payment you can apply online:
Local support form for Westminster residents
You can also apply over the phone on 020 7745 6464
If you do not qualify for a Local Support Payment, the following help and advice service may be useful.
DHP is a limited fund to help residents whose housing benefit has been restricted, for example because of the Local Housing Allowance caps, or other changes to benefits. DHP is separate to the housing benefit scheme and all awards are made at your council’s discretion. To be eligible, you must be on Housing Benefit and your circumstances must be exceptional. These payments are normally only awarded for a limited period and cannot be relied upon to solve long-term housing difficulties. To apply, contact the Housing Benefit team at your council.