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Household Support Fund

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3. Apply for the Household Support Fund

Our fund provides short-term financial support to those who are struggling to afford food, energy and water bills, and other related essentials.

Referrals from our officers will be considered for families who have received a Cost of Living payment,  but are homeless, or threatened with homelessness and have exceptional circumstances for consideration.

We recognise that we cannot predict every challenge that you may face, so we will be accepting applications for other essential types of support which cannot be budgeted for. These items will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Who is eligible

Partner agencies, friends, family, or other support persons, with the consent of the applicant, can support or apply on your behalf. 

You must:

  • be over the age of 16; and
  • live in the Teignbridge District (as your main residence); and
  • be without sufficient resources to meet the immediate short-term needs of the household or dependents
  • have not received support through previous Household Support Fund awards and /or a cost of living payment within the last 6 months (unless for exceptional circumstances)

We will not be awarding cash to applicants. Support will be provided for payment of goods/food vouchers etc.

What will not be awarded

You wont be accepted if you:

  • need to pay a mortgage. If you are having difficulty with your mortgage payments, please contact your lender as soon as possible to discuss your options. 
  • need to pay for rent. You may qualify for other rent arrears support. 

You could still qualify for other help from the fund (such as food, energy, water, essentials linked to energy and water and wider essentials)

Not every application will be awarded.

The scheme is discretionary and there are no appeal rights to an Independent Tribunal, but you can ask us to look at your case again within 5 days of our decision if you are not happy with the outcome of your application. Requests for a review of our decision need to be made in writing. It must state the reasons why you are asking for a review of the decision and be signed and dated.

You will be notified of the review decision within 14 days of your request. This decision will be final. If you do not have access to a computer, you can contact us, and we will advise you on how you can request a review.

Apply for the fund

Please complete the form as soon as you can as the fund may run out before the deadline of 30 September 2024.

Start the journey

Start

More info about the journey

You will need to tell us about; assess your household needs and priorities:

  • the circumstances and reasons that have led to making an application
  • details of who is living in the household
  • household income
  • savings held by household members
  • National Insurance number
  • contact details

We may need to request further information to support your application.

We may need to cross reference your details with records held by the Department of Work and Pensions, HMRC, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Records and where applicable, any other Household Support Fund applications. Where we suspect that fraud may have occurred, we will investigate the matter as appropriate, and this may lead to criminal proceedings.