How to Fill Out Live in Aide Forms (Section 8 & HUD Housing)

Art: Robin Mead

Most housing programs have their own live in aide forms. You can request a copy. Here’s a few samples:

Part 1: Doctor’s Form

💕 Both you and your doctor will sign forms stating that the live in aide is essential to your care and wellbeing

💕 If you are not on disability, your doctor may also need to write a letter or sign a form confirming you meet the following criteria: Fair Housing Act Definition of Disability

💕  Some programs will give you a form to bring to your doctor. Other programs will contact your doctor directly. If/when the housing agency is going to contact your doctor, make sure your doctor knows your medical needs and is aware to expect this form.

💕 If your doctor does not return the form, or your doctor is not aware of your need for a home aide, the request may be denied. Make sure to follow up and confirm the form was signed and sent back, or bring the form yourself to your doctor to make sure.

💕  Your landlord or housing agency is not legally allowed to require you to provide access to confidential medical records or to submit to a physical examination.

Part 2: Aide Forms

💕 Both you and your aide will be asked to sign forms stating:  1) Your aide is not obligated to support you 2) Your aide would not be living in the unit except to provide the necessary supportive services

💕 Some Housing Authorities may request additional types of documentation from your aide.

💕 Your aide will need to pass a criminal background check. However, in some agencies, they do not care about all criminal history and only care about recent felonies.

💕 Your aide does not need to pass a credit check, but some landlords do check for a record of evictions.

💕 Your aide will also need to meet HUD criteria for: Who Can Be a Live In Aide?

Unreasonable Forms

While most live in aide forms are reasonable, there are a few housing authorities in the country that make their forms so difficult and demanding no one would ever be able to get an aide. If you run into an unreasonable form: Unreasonable Live In Aide Forms

Also Read

If you are applying to be on a housing wait list, please read these Important Notes if You are Applying for Housing and Have a Live in Aide

What Can I Do if My Live in Aide Request is Denied?

You can take a look here and try to decide if there was a problem with your application or a valid reason for a denial and if it something you can fix or change: How to Respond if Your Disability Accommodation is Denied

If the Housing Authority has a rule or policy that is keeping you from getting the care you need, you have the right to request an exception: How to Request an Exception to Live in Aide Policies

You can also contact these places for help: How to Get Help or File Complaints for Housing Problems

Learn More

🌸 This page is part of the online guide: Epic Master List of Disability Accommodation Letters

🌸 Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members

🌸 Art on this page by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo.

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2 thoughts on “How to Fill Out Live in Aide Forms (Section 8 & HUD Housing)”

  1. Hi, I need help filling out my Reasonable Accommodations Request. Am asking to allow a live-in aide. I am disabled and have a HCV. I’ve already had 2 of my doctors fill out their forms for me. My problem is between my brain fog and this Covid-19 going on I’m at a loss for how to word my request on my form.
    The 1st part is “Enter the type of reasonable accommodation requested.”
    The 2nd part is it’s needed because of a disability and “Adjustment to rules, policies, and/or procedures. (Please be specific)”
    I can’t think of how to simply word my 2 answers to these questions.
    Any help is greatly appreciated!


    1. 1. Requesting a live in aide

      2. Request to allow a live in aide to live with me to assist with my disabilities.

      (If they want more details, you can also write the type of assistance you need… some places don’t require details)


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