There aren't as many grants available now to help with poor housing as there were 10 years ago. However, you can still get some help if you need to adapt your home because you have a disability, if you are a landlord and you have been issued with a statutory notice by the council, if you are a homeowner living in a flooding zone, if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home or if your home is in such a serious state of disrepair that it could cause death or serious injury.
Most people who need to start claiming benefits will now claim Universal Credit. You can make and manage a Universal Credit claim online. The phone number for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland is 0800 012 1331
Universal credit is rolling out across Northern Ireland. Since December 2018 any working age person making a new claim for social security assistance will claim universal credit instead of some of the current benefits, including Housing Benefit.
If you own your own home and receive certain benefits, you can apply for Support for Mortgage Interest. This is a payment made to help homeowners with the cost of the mortgage on their mortgage and on certain loans.
For years, people who needed extra financial support to cope with a disability received Disability Living Allowance. This allowance is now being replaced by a new payment, the Personal Independence Payment.
If you are over 18 and under pension age, you will be assessed for PIP if you need extra financial help because of a disability. Children will still be able to claim DLA.