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Tenants’ Hardship Fund

Grants of up to £250 available from Tenants’ Forum

If you have been financially hit by Covid-19, you can apply for a grant from our Tenants’ Forum, known as the Tenants’ Hardship Fund.

Each year, the forum has £100,000 to distribute to services and functions that impact our tenants and communities.

For 2020-2021

For 2020-21, the 12 forum members voted to allocate £40,000 of this money to a Covid-19 Hardship Fund. This will help tenants who are struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic. Tenants can apply for grants of up to £250 and these will be issued across the year.

Forum Chair Sandra Norris said:

“We decided wholeheartedly that we needed to help tenants who were affected most by the coronavirus. Mostly our lower paid tenants who were just about managing to pay their rent before the shutdown.

“The Tenants’ Forum considers this a key part of our role; we define it as ‘tenants looking after tenants’.”

The Tenants’ Forum has identified a number of ways that the grant could support you back on the road to recovery.

These include:

  • Support with fuel poverty
  • Food voucher for a supermarket
  • Support to move into a Havebury home

The administration and issuing of funds will be at the discretion of Havebury, on a case by case basis. Havebury will only consider applications where there is no history of anti-social behaviour or any other tenancy breach.

Applying for the Tenants’ Hardship Fund

Don’t suffer in silence if you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. If it is affecting your ability to pay your rent or maintain your household, then please call our Income and Support team on 0300 3300 900, selecting options 2, 2 and 3.

They will be able to signpost you to the best places to get support, including considering an application for money from the Tenants’ Forum Hardship Fund. One application per household will be considered throughout the year.

Havebury would like to thank the Tenants’ Forum for this generous decision, which will have a hugely positive effect on our residents who need extra help.