London Borough of Croydon

The discretionary support fund consists of two different funds to support customers who are in financial hardship. They are:

  • Discretionary housing payments (DHP)
  • Croydon discretionary support (CDS). 

Please be aware if you are in receipt of housing benefit in a different borough, you will need to contact that council for assistance.

All applications must be submitted with the following:

  • Budget planner
  • Last 3 months bank statements for all active accounts for all parties (applications for deposit/rent in advance)

Please be aware if you are applying for deposit/rent in advance the property must be affordable.

Please link to the local housing allowance (LHA) rates which is a guideline for affordability.

If you are in receipt of housing benefit from Croydon Council and need help with any of the following:

  • Shortfall in your rent
  • Rent in advance/deposit
  • Removal costs

Apply for discretionary housing payments (DHP)

If you require help with any of the following:

  • Essential goods items
  • Rent in advance & deposit (not currently in receipt of housing benefit)
  • Removals (not currently in receipt of housing benefit)
  • Emergency living expenses
  • Storage

Apply online for Croydon discretionary support (CDS)

Contact details

CDS telephone number: 020 8760 5719
CDS email: cds@croydon.gov.uk
DHP telephone number: 020 8604 7226
DHP email: dhp@croydon.gov.uk
Address:  Discretionary support team
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon  CR0 1EA

If you need further support, please use the following links: