Housing benefit reform: Housing Benefit Plus (Wohngeld-Plus) for two million households

With the German Housing Benefit Plus Act, a higher Housing Benefit will also be paid out in 2024. Since the new law came into force at the beginning of 2023, two million low-income households will be eligible for a state subsidy toward their housing costs. This will triple the number of households entitled to receive housing benefits. In addition, the new "Housing Benefit Plus" will be considerably higher – on average, twice the current subsidy amount. The federal and state governments will each cover half the costs.

Who will be eligible? How much is the new Housing Benefit Plus? You'll find the most important questions and answers on this page.

The Housing Benefit Plus calculator provided by the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building also serves as a useful first guide.

Frequently asked questions and answers

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