HB+ Rent Top Up Scheme

Topic last updated January 2020

 

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Description

Leaflets

Current procedure  

Application Form

Creating an InForm record

 

Description

HB+ is the singles-only part of the 'HB+ / HB Family+ initiative' and that there are two routes to applying for the top-up - via HARP, and through Housing Advisor referral.   

Cheaper PRS accommodation is available outside of Cambridge and, while this may be a suitable option for some hostel residents, for those whose formal or informal support needs are met within the city, or for those who may have a low-paid local job, local accommodation is much to be preferred – at least during that critical first year when a person may be re-establishing their independence after many months of daily assistance.  

HB+ will help meet this need for local accommodation by providing a top-up to Housing Benefit entitlement - meeting the shortfall between LHA and actual average rents - and also significantly improve the rate of movement through hostels.

Leaflets

The customer leaflets are linked below:

Current procedure  

Attached is the policy and procedure document. This document provides the detail of the scheme, including the amount of top-up that is available, and for what period of time. It includes useful examples and a flowchart.

Application Form

Before referring someone for HB+ / HB Family+, consider: if you place them in PRS accommodation, and provide them with the support they need to manage their money and/or improve their employment circumstances, will they be able to afford the tenancy once the award expires?

Also, please note that HB+ is only available to someone who is eligible to receive Housing Benefit or the Housing element of Universal Credit. (If you have someone who falls just outside of the threshold of eligibility for HB then please let me know as we can award a reduced amount of HB+ in such circumstances).

 

Referrals can be made via an InForm 'timeline' event. The application form is available here. Alternatively, the Single Homeless Service or Family Accommodation Finder service can refer.

 

Creating an InForm record

InForm will be the central point of information exchange. Guidance for creating an InForm record for HB+ clients is here.