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What are the differences between personal housing support?

Verified 21 September 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

There are 3 types of personal housing assistance:

These aids are intended to reduce the amount of your rent or royalty (in the case of residence in a household).

These aids are distinguished by their conditions of grant and not by their method of calculation. Their amount depends in particular on your household's resources.

These aids are not cumulative: you can only receive one of them.


The PLA is paid because of the situation of your accommodation (regardless of your family situation: single, married, with or without a dependent).

Most often it is a contracted housing which you rent (most low-cost housing units are contracted).


The ALF is paid because of your family situation if you are in any of the following situations:

  • You benefit from family benefits or Education allowance for disabled children (AEEH)
  • You have 1 dependent child up to 21 years of age, but you are not entitled to family benefits or the EHIB
  • You are married, with no dependent children, you can receive assistance for a period of 5 years from the date of marriage
  • You are pregnant, alone without dependants without dependants as of 1er day of the calendar month following 4eme month of pregnancy to the calendar month of birth of your child
  • You have a ascendant over the age of 65 (or 60, if unfit for work, deported veteran or veteran) and have no resources above the Solidarity allowance for the elderly (Aspa)
  • You have an ascendant in charge, descendant or collateral with a disability resulting in permanent incapacity of at least 80% or who, because of his disability, is unable to obtain employment. This impossibility must be recognized by the Committee on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH).

The SLA is paid if you are not eligible for either the PLA or the ALF.

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