Tip: Not everyone qualifies for medical expense deductions. For example: Sometimes disabled children don’t qualify. And sometimes non-disabled children do qualify. Confusing! Who Gets Medical Expense Deductions in HUD Housing?
Tip: Medical expense deductions use a special formula. Unless your expenses are extremely high, or your income is extremely low, it may not be worth the trouble.
Tip: You may be able to include non-traditional health expenses. For example: travel to doctor, vitamins, herbs, supplements, eyeglasses, equipment, cost of food and care for an assistance animal, and food/hotel/transport for medical travel.
Tip: Please make sure to always make your request in writing, and if anyone tells you it is not possible, ask for a written decision letter.
Tip: There are two different kinds of deductions. “Medical Expense Deductions” and “Disability Assistance Deductions.” The second kind only apply if someone in the household works. Some housing workers get these two kinds mixed up! Disability Assistance Expenses Deductions
Bonus Tip: Medical expense deductions are not reasonable accommodations. You don’t need to make an accommodation request. These deductions are part of HUD’s standard policies on calculating income.
Tools for Troublemakers
Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members
The whole shebang: Epic Master List of Disability Accommodation Letters
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