We have adult son with mental illness, who currently lives with his Grandparents.
He has SSDI and he is on a waiting list for Section 8. Last year, after his last hospitalization, he moved to Grandparents; they allowed this for the time being and did not ask the management. Both Grandparents are senior/ disabled and both have SSDI, and live in subsidized senior/disabled housing. Son lives with them for about a year. Now Grandparents are afraid to ask the office in fear that he will get thrown out and they all will lose the housing.
- How can senior/ disabled tenants officially add another disabled relative to their lease (of 2-bedroom apartment)?
- Can the management just evict all of them for having unreported tenant if they find out?
Grandparents are putting their tenancy at risk by allowing a person not on their lease to live with them, and the longer the situation continues, the greater the risk. If they are willing to house their grandson indefinitely, and accept the risks of having him on their lease (namely, being held responsible for any misbehavior he might commit), they should notify the management that they want to apply to add him to their household.
Since he is disabled and the apartment is large enough to accommodate him, he should be able to move in unless there is some disqualifying factor. He'll have to pass a CORI check and a reference check. These can be barriers for young adults with mental illnesses that manifest themselves in disruptive behavior. (But if he has been frequenting the place for a year without causing any complaints, it augurs well for him.) And of course, his income will be added in calculating grandparents' rent.
Preferably, the young man would not actually be living in Grandparents' apartment while he is applying to live there.
I second Atty. Rice's comments about legal services programs' expertise in subsidized housing admissions issues; unfortunately, Mass. legal services programs have sustained budget cuts and laid off staff, so are turning away even more prospective clients than usual. Some programs are handling only housing emergencies, such as public housing evictions.
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The answer to this question will depend on several details that are not in the question, so I can't give you a simple yes/no reply.
The best thing I can recommend is that the grandparents contact their local legal services office. There is coverage for every county in the U.S. and in Massachusetts you can find the office that covers your area by checking here http://www.masslegalservices.org/directory
The Grandparents will qualify for no cost legal help due to their income. And legal services offices have lawyers who specialize in public housing matters.
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