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German government increases monthly Wohngeld subsidy by €190 on average

In 2024, almost 2 million households, comprising 4.5 million individuals, could get extra financial support from the government. This supplement is available to both renters and homeowners with low to moderate incomes. The German government has reformed the Wohngeld system, a non-repayable subsidy, in response to increasing energy costs. The allowance is provided on a monthly basis.

Housing allowance in Germany

Wohngeld plays a crucial role in offering significant financial assistance, particularly to retirees and families, including single parents, who make up approximately half of its recipients. Families account for around 40 percent of those benefiting from this support. Similar to Bürgergeld, the Wohngeld housing allowance is provided in advance, enabling recipients to meet the expenses of renting an apartment at the start of each month.
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Payment dates of the housing allowance (Wohngeld)

Much like Bürgergeld, recipients receive the housing benefit in advance, enabling them to use the subsidy to pay their rent on the first day of each month. Here are the transfer dates:

MonthPayout date
January 2024December 29, 2023
February 2024January 31, 2024
March 2024February 29, 2024
April 2024March 29, 2024
May 2024April 30, 2024
June 2024May 31, 2024
July 2024June 28, 2024
August 2024July 31, 2024
September 2024August 30, 2024
October 2024September 30, 2024
November 2024October 31, 2024
December 2024November 29, 2024
January 2025December 31, 2024
Wohngeld payment dates

How much is the housing allowance (Wohngeld) in 2024?

The reform implemented last year also includes an increase in the Wohngeld amount. On average, the monthly allowance has risen by €190, reaching approximately €370. However, this amount is determined on an individual basis, considering factors such as the number of people in the household, income, and rental costs. To apply for Wohngeld, individuals should submit their application to the relevant municipal or city office, as reported by Those wondering about their eligibility for the supplement can use the Wohngeld-Plus calculator, available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development, and Construction.
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It’s important to note that individuals receiving Bürgergeld cannot simultaneously receive Wohngeld since housing costs are already covered by Bürgergeld. The same restriction applies to individuals receiving social security benefits in old age or due to incapacity for work.