“More housing benefit for more people.” This is what the Bundestag and the Bundesrat decided. From January 2023, around two million households—instead of 600,000 households so far—are to receive housing benefit. The housing allowance is to be increased by an average of 190 euros per month to 370 euros from next year. According to the federal government, about 380,000 people will no longer have to rely on social assistance or unemployment benefit II. However, long waiting times for the processing of applications must be expected because of a lack of staff at the housing allowance offices, among other reasons.
Attention! Housing benefit can only be paid to households that have little money but do not receive social benefits according to Social Code II—i.e. Hartz IV (from 2023: Bürgergeld) or Sozialgeld. However, those who only receive the minimum wage, for example, can apply for housing benefit.
Tübingen: Anschlussunterbringung im Breiten Weg. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.
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