Written by Lois Churchill, Spectrum Enterprises

HUD has given clear guidance to be followed when determining whether an individual is to be counted as a household member, both for household size and for income limit calculations. Refer to page 3-8 of the HUD 4350.3 REV-1. It states that when determining family size for establishing income eligibility the owner must include all persons living in the unit except the following:
  1. Live-in aides (need for and qualification as an aide must be verified)
  2. Foster children or foster adults
  3. Guests
When determining family size for income limits, the owner must include the following individuals who are not living in the unit:
  1. Children temporarily absent due to placement in a foster home;
  2. Children in joint custody arrangements who are present in the household 50% or more of the time;
  3. Children who are away at school but who live with the family during school recesses;
  4. Unborn children of pregnant women
  5. Children who are in the process of being adopted
  6. Temporarily absent family members who are still considered family members. For example, the owner may consider a family member who is working in another state on assignment to be temporarily absent.
  7. Family members in the hospital or rehabilitation facility for periods of limited or fixed duration. These persons are temporarily absent as defined.
  8. Persons permanently confined to a hospital or nursing home. The family decides if such persons are included when determining family size for income limits. If such persons are included, they must not be listed as the head, co-head, or on the lease as other than a household member. This is true even when the confined person is the spouse of the person who is or will become the head. If the family chooses to include the permanently confined person as a member of the household, the owner must include income received by these persons in calculating family income.

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