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Eligibility of Independent Students for Assisted Housing Under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937; Additional Supplementary Guidance

Date Published: September 2016

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On December 30, 2005, HUD published a final rule (FR-5036-F-01), “Eligibility of Students for Assisted Housing under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937”, implementing section 327 of the agency's Fiscal Year 2006 appropriations, Title III of Public Law 109-115, 119 Stat. 2936, approved November 30, 2005 (2006 HUD Appropriations Act). Section 327 requires that if an individual is enrolled at an institution of higher education (i.e., student) is under the age of 24, is not a veteran, is unmarried and does not have a dependent child, is individually ineligible for assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (section 8 assistance), or the student's parents are, individually or jointly, ineligible for assistance, no section 8 assistance can be provided to the student.

On April 10, 2006, HUD published supplemental guidance to assist providers in implementing the final rule. That supplemental guidance provided a list of items that Public Housing Agencies, Owners, and Managers are required to verify when determining whether a student's income alone should be used to determine section 8 eligibility, and this notice updates that list of items to remain consistent with the U.S. Department of Education's definition of “independent student,” and reduce barriers for vulnerable youth to receive assistance and continue their education.

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