Don't Automatically Treat Minors as Dependents

When certifying households, don't assume you can always treat minors as dependents, says assisted housing consultant A. J. Johnson, an expert in HUD rules. Although most household members who are minors (that is, under 18 years old) should be treated as dependents, an “emancipated minor—a person under 18 years old who enters into a lease under state law—who is also the head of the household, co-head, or spouse of the head of the household must be treated as an adult [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 5-6(A)(2),(3)].

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