Housing benefits will help low-income households to bear accommodation costs. You can claim housing benefits if you are renting property or own property. If you can claim housing benefit and how much will be granted to you will depend on:
Your application should be addressed to your local housing benefits service, where you can also pick up the forms. The period of receipt runs from the first of the month in which you apply for the benefits. The repeat application to continue the housing benefits should be handed in 2 month before the period of receipt ends. Upon application you must provide details on rent as well as all income information.
Housing benefits for students
Students who receive a public grant to finance their studies can only receive housing benefits if they share their household with family members who are not funded by a public grant, such as spouses or children. In case of them living alone entitled to claim a public grant (even if this is then not granted due to a parental income too high), they are not entitled to claim housing benefits.
If they are not entitled to claim a public grant (for example if their studies exceed the period of funding) they become entitled to claim housing benefits.
Pregnant students can claim housing benefits even before the baby is born, it is however, not paid until after the baby’s birth. It is advisable to apply before birth to avoid delays in the reception of the benefits.
Benefits for education and participation
Since 1. January 2011 people with children who have been granted housing benefits and are receiving child allowances, can also claim benefits for education and participation according to the federal child allowance act. The benefits will be granted primarily in form of material or service benefits.
Office for social welfare & housing Trier
Am Augustinerhof, Verw. Geb. IV
Phone (main office): 0651 - 718 1509
Local authorities Idar-Oberstein
Phone: 06781 - 6462-7, -8, -9
Fax: 06781 - 64448
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