With energy prices going through the roof, Eindhoven residents who are already not very well off find themselves in dire financial straits. However, many of them have not yet applied for the energy contribution from the state and the municipality. The municipality of Eindhoven and social partners in the city are now working to reach this group.

Residents with an income up to 120 percent of the social minimum are entitled to the energy allowance. From the state they then receive 1,300 euros and from the municipality another 530 euros. If they have already applied for a participation contribution from the municipality, they will receive the allowances automatically. According to the municipality, there are an estimated 4,000 residents who are entitled but have not applied for anything.

Help from volunteers
Because they don't know, for example, or find the application too complicated. That is why the partner fund Brainport Eindhoven and Samen voor Eindhoven are now organizing a number of walk-in consultations under the name 'Money Guide Weeks' where entitled persons can apply for help. Between November 29 and December 15, they can report to three locations in the city for support by volunteers from Brainport companies.

In the Bennekel area, the walk-in clinics are at Lassusstraat 15, where interested parties can visit on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 or 13. In Vaartbroek at Tarwelaan 54, the consultation hours are on December 1, 8 and 15, and also at Rooijakkerstraat 3 on De Hurk people can come on December 6 or 13. In all cases, the consultation hours last from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Documents needed
To help, applicants must bring a number of documents. The login credentials for DigiD, and copies of their ID, bank card and bank statements for the last full month. They must also bring proof of income. For example, a salary slip or benefit statement.