If you can pay for your living expenses and only part of the rent or housing costs through your own income, you could be entitled to housing benefit. The prerequisite is that the living space is used by the owner. With the housing benefit calculator, you can already check without obligation whether you are entitled to housing benefit.
You can apply for the citizen’s benefit easily and conveniently online.
In order to help us process your application and pay benefits as quickly as possible, all necessary documents need to be submitted. If you complete the application and supporting documents by hand, please make sure your writing is legible. Don’t forget to sign the application and supporting documents.
Have you already got a client number? Please always include it.
If you provide a phone number, we’ll be able to get in touch quickly and easily for any queries.
We kindly ask for your understanding if this list does not apply to you in all points or if we require additional documents in your individual cases.
Note: Please do not send original documents. Copies or scanned documents are sufficient.
All information must solely pertain to you. Please pay attention to any additional text in green in the main application form. These sections provide explanations and information on required documentation or other forms.
In contrast to the main application form, the information in appendix WEP pertains to each additional person for whom you are applying for Citizen´s income (Bürgergeld), e.g. your partner or child of legal age.
You need to sign appendix WEP as the main applicant. The persons stated in the appendix do not need to provide their signatures.
If children under the age of 15 live in your household, please complete appendix KI for each child. In this case, it doesn’t matter whether the children in question are your biological children or your partner’s children.
You also need to sign this pre-printed form as the main applicant.
Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg may cover your housing costs (rent, bills incl. water and heating) if they are deemed reasonable. In this scenario, reasonable means that your place of residence is not too big or expensive.
Please submit corresponding supporting documentation along with appendix KDU.
If you rent, you will need to submit:
If you own property:
If you incur any costs for accommodation beyond the above constellations, please provide supporting documentation when submitting your application.
On request, Jobcenter team.arbeit.hamburg can directly pay your rent to the landlord. In this case, please complete the Direct transfer order: Information letter and declaration of consent form and submit it along with your application.
If the total sum of the available assets exceeds EUR 40,000, you will not be entitled to claim citizen´s benefit (Bürgergeld). An upper limit of EUR 15,000 applies for each additional person.
Available assets include, for example, savings accounts, available balances in current accounts, life and pension insurance policies, building loan contracts, house and residential properties, jewellery or property along with cars you own, etc.
If you have ticked Yes for point 7 in the main application form, please complete appendix VM for every person.
Please also submit corresponding supporting documents, for example:
We will contact you if we require additional documents.
Income does not just cover income from work (full-time, part-time, mini-jobs) but also child and parental allowances, child support, pensions, housing benefit, education grants, apprenticeship pay and other income support payments from relatives.
Please also submit corresponding supporting documents:
Appendix VE is necessary as, compared to a marriage, there is no official documentation to confirm a relationship.
Relatives include your grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews or distant relatives. If you are married and/or have your own children, or are over the age of 25, relatives also include your parents.
Please complete appendix HG for each additional person living in your household.
Supporting documents are not required. Please don’t forget to sign the pre-printed forms yourself.
In certain situations, the normal requirement does not suffice. Accordingly, you may be entitled to additional assistance.
People entitled to additional assistance are:
You will be required to provide supporting documents to verify that you satisfy the requirements.
The application for citizen´s benefit (Bürgergeld) can be
You can book an appointment online to submit a first-time application.
All appendixes, forms and leaflets are available to download from the Federal Employment Agency download center.
We recommend watching explanatory videos released by the Federal Employment Agency if you have any further questions related to your application.
Alternatively, you can also give us a call or book an appointment online.
Click here for information on transitioning from Unemployment Benefit to citizen´s benefit (Bürgergeld).
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