"People are dependent on the housing benefit because of the high energy prices, especially in January, February and March, because the gas price brake is only supposed to take effect in March," emphasized Landsberg. Therefore, a quick and uncomplicated solution had to be found. He therefore advocates a lump-sum advance payment similar to the Corona aid: "The application for housing benefit should be easy and digital. The application should only ask about the basic entitlement to housing benefit and the number of household members," said Landsberg.
The money should then be transferred quickly and unbureaucratically. "The precise examination of the applications and the determination of income will take place later."
Werner Hesse, managing director of the Paritätischer Gesamtverband, also called for "needs-based advance payments for everyone with a low income" until the applications were processed and the housing allowance was paid out.