What is social assistance for House Accommodation?
Social assistance for House Accommodation is financial aid. This assistance is given to people who live in retirement homes when they cannot pay the retirement home bill .
This article explains:
- how to apply
- how your request is processed
- how the aid amount is calculated.
You had your disability before age 60. You can read the article on Aid for people with disabilities over 60 . In this article, you will find information on social assistance in House Accommodation for people with disabilities.
In what situation can you have social assistance for House Accommodation?
To have social assistance for retirement House Accommodation you must:
- live in a retirement home accepting social assistance for accommodation
- have a retirement that doesn’t allow you to pay the retirement home bill.
For example, you have a pension of € 1,200 per month. The retirement home costs € 1,700 per month. You are missing € 500. You can apply for social assistance at the accommodation service to help you pay the bill.
When to make your request?
After entering the retirement home, you have 2 months to apply. If you wait for more than 2 months it is too late to get social assistance. It is best to apply as soon as possible. If you need social assistance with House Accommodation during your stay it is possible. For example, after a year in the retirement home, you have no more savings. You can no longer pay your bill. You can apply for social assistance at accommodation.
How to apply for social assistance for House Accommodation?
You apply for social assistance at House Accommodation at the town hall or at the CCAS, the communal center for social action. You will get a file at the town hall or at the CCAS. Then you fill out this file. If you need help filling out your file, you can ask for help from a social worker from the town hall or the CCAS.
How is your request studied?
Social assistance for accommodation is aid paid by the department. The department studies your request.
The department looks at:
- the amount of your retirement
- your savings
- what your wife or husband earns if you are married
- what the person with whom you signed a PACS earn.
PACS is the civil solidarity pact. PACS is a contract between two people who live together without being married. In this contract, the two people agree to live together and to help each other in the event of a problem. The department also looks at the financial situation of your children. For example their salary. The department can ask children to contribute to the House Accommodation costs of their parents if they can afford it.
Children are required by law to help their parents if they are in need. For example if they cannot buy food or pay their rent. Some departments can ask grandchildren to share in the accommodation costs of their grandparents if they can afford it.
How is the amount of social assistance for House Accommodation calculated?
Depending on your financial situation and the financial situation of your children, the department calculates:
- what you need to pay for your retirement home accommodation
- what your children have to pay
- what the department will pay.
In all cases, the department leaves you a minimum of € 100 per month, which you can spend as you wish. For example, you have a pension of € 1,200 per month. The retirement home costs € 1,700 per month. You have social assistance at the House Accommodation to help you pay.
Here is how the payment of the retirement home bill is shared :
- you donate € 1,100 to the retirement home
- you keep 100 €
- the department asks your son to pay € 100
- the department pays the rest of the invoice: € 500.
How is social assistance paid for House Accommodation?
In general, social assistance is paid directly by the department to the retirement home. If your children have to pay part of the bill for the retirement home, the department usually advances the money and asks them to reimburse it.
Do you have to repay social assistance money?
The money paid by the department can be refunded in the following situations.
1 / Your financial situation improves.
For example, you receive an inheritance. When a deceased person transfers money or property to their death, they are said to leave an inheritance. For example, the deceased leaves their home to their heirs. The heirs are the people who receive the inheritance. For example, children are the heirs of their parents when they die. If your financial situation improves because you receive an inheritance, you must reimburse the social assistance money to the department.
2 / On your death, if you leave an inheritance to your heirs.
If you have received social assistance for accommodation, the department recovers the money from the inheritance that you leave to your heirs on your death. Your heirs have a less important inheritance. For example, you leave a legacy of € 100,000 when you die. You have received € 20,000 in social assistance for House Accommodation from the department. The department recovers the € 20,000 from your inheritance. Your heirs have an inheritance of € 80,000 ultimately.