The expense of living after a diagnosis, coupled with the possibility of decreased income for the same reason, can result in making it difficult to afford reasonable housing. In some cases, it means that no housing is affordable.
If you own a house or apartment
There are alternatives to consider which could reduce the cost of housing, and possibly even provide an income. (For more information, see New Uses of Assets: Real Estate.)
If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage, click here.
If you do not own your own residence
You may qualify for subsidized housing or for public housing. To find housing in your area, consider the following:
- The federal department of housing (HUD) website provides information about subsidized housing for each state through its website: www.hud.gov . Search for "State Information."
- Contact your local housing authority office.
- You can find the contact information by searching in your favorite search engine for "Housing Authority name of state" or look in the government section of your local telephone book. Look under "Housing and Urban Development."
- Ask for information about subsidized or free housing programs, including "Section 8 Housing." Section 8 Housing refers to a federal rental subsidy for people with low income, older people and people with a disability. Eligibility for Section 8 Housing depends on income, family size and special needs. (Some Section 8 housing is government owned. Some is privately owned.)
- NOTE: To apply for subsidized housing, you will need at least the following:
- Income tax returns for the last few years
- Statements about any benefits you receive
- Pay stubs
NOTE: For information about your legal rights regarding housing, click here.