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Family Housing Allowance

Verified 01 January 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The Family Housing Allowance (FHA) is a financial assistance to reduce your rent. It is paid because of your family situation (you receive family benefits, you have dependants...). The conditions differ depending on whether you are covered by the general scheme of the Family Allowance Fund (Caf) or the agricultural scheme of the agricultural social mutuality (MSA).

General case (Caf)

To see if you can perceive ALF, you can use the Caf simulator.

Simulator Caf - Housing allowances (eligibility and amount)

Warning  

the ALF is not granted if you already benefit from the personalised housing assistance (LPA) or the social housing allowance (SLA).

Applicant Conditions

You can apply for an ALF if you are a tenant or subtenant.

The sub-tenant must not be related to the tenant or owner of the dwelling. This refers to the accommodation of an elderly or disabled person at the home of the individual, as part of the family welcome, but also people under 30.

To apply for an ALF, you must be in one of the following situations:

  • You benefit from family benefits or education allowance for disabled children (AEEH)
  • You have 1 dependent child of up to 21 years of age, but do not qualify for family benefits or the AEEH
  • You're married with no dependent children
  • You are pregnant, alone without dependants since 1to calendar month following the 4thth month of pregnancy and up to the calendar month of birth
  • You have ascending over 65 years of age (or 60 years of age, if unfit for work, former deportee or veteran) and have no resources above the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa)
  • You have an ascendant, downhill or collateral with an infirmity resulting in a permanent disability of at least 80 % or who is unable to obtain employment owing to his disability. This impossibility must be recognised by the Committee on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH).

Foreign persons must have a valid residence permit. Nationals of Member States of European Unionother States Parties to the Agreement on European Economic Area and Switzerland are not obliged to have a residence permit.

Housing conditions

ALF is assigned for your main residence located in France and only if your accommodation meets certain criteria of decency and minimum conditions of occupation.

Resource Conditions

ALF shall be allocated under resource conditions and in accordance with certain ceilings varies depending on the composition of your home and the location of your home.

The resources taken into account are those of the last 12 months. They are updated automatically every 3 months. So you have no steps to take. The Caf automatically recovers the amount of your resources, especially from taxes, from Pôle emploi.

FYI  

a person attached to tax centre of parents who pay property tax (IFI) cannot benefit from the FLA.

Your ALF request must be made directly online.

Online Housing Allowance Application

You must scan all of the following documents:

  • Duplex copy of your national identity card, passport or birth certificate if you are a French citizen or copy of your valid residence permit in other cases
  • Bank (Rib), Postal (Rip) or Savings (Rice) Statement in your name
  • Rent certificate, dated and signed by your landlord

Rent certificate or residence

To find out the amount of the ALF, you can use the Caf simulator.

Simulator Caf - Housing allowances (eligibility and amount)

The amount of the ALF shall be calculated on the basis of scales which take into account the following:

  • Your family situation and the number of dependants usually living in your home
  • Your resources, those of the person you're with live together as well as those who usually live in your home
  • Value of your real estate and financial assets, as well as of the person with whom you live as a couple and of the people who usually live in your home, when this value exceeds €30,000
  • Amount of your rent

FYI  

You can consult the services of your Caf for information on the ALF calculation methods.

Who shall I contact

Aid shall be paid from 1to day of the month following the month in which your file was processed. The payment can take about 2 months.

They are paid every 5 months.

Any change of situation (removal, bank details, family life...) must be reported to the Caf.

Online

You must sign in to your account with your tenant number and PIN.

Family Allowance Fund (Caf) online

You must scan the documents that support your change of situation (for example, Pôle emploi decision notice).

On site

You must complete a Change of Status form available from your Caf.

Who shall I contact

You will need to attach to your form the documents justifying your change of situation (e.g. Pôle emploi decision notice).

You may appeal against the decision rejecting your FLA application.

General case

In order to challenge a decision of the Caf, you must appeal to the Caf in advance by courier preferably by registered with notice of receipt.

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

Who shall I contact

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the Caf and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Isère

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Other

In order to challenge a decision of the Caf, you must appeal to the Caf in advance by courier preferably by registered with notice of receipt.

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

Who shall I contact

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the Caf and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Large East

Meurthe and Moselle

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Bas-Rhin

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Other

In order to challenge a decision of the Caf, you must appeal to the Caf in advance by courier preferably by registered with notice of receipt.

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

Who shall I contact

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the Caf and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Occitanie

Haute-Garonne

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Other

In order to challenge a decision of the Caf, you must appeal to the Caf in advance by courier preferably by registered with notice of receipt.

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

Who shall I contact

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the Caf and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Pays de la Loire

Loire-Atlantique

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Maine-et-Loire

To challenge a FCA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Pre-appeal to the Caf by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. Compulsory mediation before the Advocate in case of failure

3. Litigation before the administrative court

Other

In order to challenge a decision of the Caf, you must appeal to the Caf in advance by courier preferably by registered with notice of receipt.

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

Who shall I contact

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the Caf and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Agricultural scheme (MSA)

To see if you can perceive ALF, you can use the MSA simulator.

MSA Simulator - Housing Allocations (Estimate and Amount)

Warning  

the ALF is not granted if you already benefit from the personalised housing assistance (LPA) or the social housing allowance (SLA).

Applicant Conditions

You can apply for an ALF if you are a tenant or subtenant.

The sub-tenant must not be related to the tenant or owner of the dwelling. This refers to the accommodation of an elderly or disabled person at the home of the individual, as part of the family welcome, but also people under 30.

To apply for an ALF you must be in one of the following situations:

  • You benefit from family benefits or education allowance for disabled children (AEEH)
  • You have 1 dependent child of up to 21 years of age but are not entitled to family benefits or the AEEH
  • You're married with no dependent children
  • You are pregnant, alone without dependants since 1to calendar month following the 4thth month of pregnancy and up to the calendar month of birth
  • You have ascending over 65 years of age (or 60 years of age, if unfit for work, deported or veteran) and have no resources above the solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa)
  • You have an ascendant, downhill or collateral with an infirmity resulting in a permanent disability of at least 80 % or who is unable to obtain employment owing to his disability. This impossibility must be recognised by the Committee on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH).

Foreign persons must have a valid residence permit. Nationals of Member States of European Unionother States Parties to the Agreement on European Economic Area and Switzerland are not obliged to have a residence permit.

Housing conditions

ALF is assigned for your main residence located in France and only if your accommodation meets certain criteria of decency and minimum conditions of occupation.

Resource Conditions

ALF shall be allocated under resource conditions and in accordance with certain ceilings varies depending on the composition of your home and the location of your home.

The resources taken into account are those of the last 12 months. They are updated automatically every 3 months. So you have no steps to take. The MSA automatically recovers the amount of your resources, especially from taxes, from Pôle emploi.

FYI  

a person attached to tax centre of parents who pay property tax (IFI) cannot benefit from the FLA.

Your ALF request must be made directly online or by mail.

Online

MSA - Private spaces

You must scan all of the following documents:

  • Duplex copy of your national identity card, passport or birth certificate if you are a French citizen or copy of your valid residence permit in other cases
  • Bank (Rib), Postal (Rip) or Savings (Rice) Statement in your name
  • Completed, dated and signed by your landlord

By mail

You must fill out a form.

Housing Allowance Application (MSA)

The form must be accompanied by another resource return form.

MSA Resource Statement

You must also attach all of the following documents to your application:

  • Duplex copy of your national identity card, passport or birth certificate if you are a French citizen or copy of your valid residence permit in other cases
  • Bank (Rib), Postal (Rip) or Savings (Rice) Statement in your name
  • Completed, dated and signed by your landlord

Rent certificate or residence

All forms and documents should be sent to the MSA preferably by registered letter with notification of receipt.

Who shall I contact

You can use the MSA simulator to determine the amount of the ALF.

MSA Simulator - Housing Allocations (Estimate and Amount)

The amount of the ALF shall be calculated on the basis of scales which take into account the following:

  • Your family situation and the number of dependants usually living in your home
  • Your resources, those of the person you're with live together as well as those who usually live in your home
  • Value of your real estate and financial assets, as well as of the person with whom you live as a couple and of the people who usually live in your home, when this value exceeds €30,000
  • Amount of your rent

FYI  

You can consult your MSA services for information on the ALF calculation methods.

Who shall I contact

Aid shall be paid from 1to day of the month following the month in which your file was processed. The payment can take about 2 months.

They are paid every 5 months.

Any change of situation (removal, bank details, family life...) must be reported to the MSA.

Online

You must sign in to your account with your tenant number and PIN.

MSA - Private spaces

You must scan the documents that support your change of situation (for example, Pôle emploi decision notice).

On site

You must complete a Change of Status form available from the MSA.

Who shall I contact

You will need to attach to your form the documents justifying your change of situation (e.g. Pôle emploi decision notice).

You may appeal against the decision rejecting your FLA application.

General case

To challenge a decision, you must first appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt.

Who shall I contact

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the MSA and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Isère

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Other

To challenge a decision, you must first appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt.

Who shall I contact

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the MSA and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Large East

Meurthe and Moselle

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Bas-Rhin

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Other

To challenge a decision, you must first appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt.

Who shall I contact

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the MSA and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Occitanie

Haute-Garonne

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Other

To challenge a decision, you must first appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt.

Who shall I contact

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the MSA and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.

Pays de la Loire

Loire-Atlantique

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Maine-et-Loire

To challenge an MSA decision, you must follow these steps:

1. Make a preliminary appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt (your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision)

Who shall I contact

2. In the event of failure, initiate compulsory mediation before the Advocate

3. If your challenge is not successful, bring a legal action before the administrative court

Other

To challenge a decision, you must first appeal to the MSA by registered mail with notice of receipt.

Who shall I contact

Your mail must indicate the subject matter of the dispute and you must attach the contested decision.

If you fail, you can enter the administrative court.

FYI  

between the reply of the MSA and the referral to the Administrative Court, you can, if you wish, use mediation.