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Requesting Changes to Household Composition

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High St
Caribou, Maine 04736
Lisa Plourde, Executive Director
Sue Ouellette, FSS/Homeownership
Phone: (207) 493-4234
Fax: (207) 376-0178
E-mail: housing@cariboumaine.org

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All changes in your household composition must be reported promptly to the Housing Authority. Some changes require prior approval or you risk losing your voucher. The following rules apply when making any changes to your household composition.

Removing any Household Member:

If any member of your household moves out, you must notify the Housing Agency in writing within 10 business days of the move out date.   Please complete the form Request to Remove Members from the Household and submit it to the Housing Authority within 10 days of the member leaving. The Housing Agency will verify the information and may conduct an Interim Re-examination, if warranted. 

Adding Household Members:  

If you wish to add someone to your household you must get approval from the Housing Agency before allowing the person to move in. 

The Application to Add New Household Members form must be completed and submitted to the Housing Agency. Once all information is received regarding the person being added, an Interim Examination will be performed.  Depending on the volume of work, it may take several weeks to process the approval.  You will receive a letter notifying you of the approval and the change in your rent, if any.

Adding Adults:

If you would like to add an adult to your household, you must request advance permission in writing, and receive written permission from the Housing Authority before the additional adult moves in. Please use the Application to Add New Household Members form.  The Housing Agency will conduct its standard eligibility screening at that time.

The following adults may be added to the household (if approved in advance by the Housing Authority).

  • The adult child of the head of household.
  • The parent of the head of household.

The following adults may be added to the household (if approved in advance by the Housing Authority), but will NOT increase the family’s voucher size:

  • The spouse, registered domestic partner, or significant other of the head of household.

Adding Children:

If you would like to add a child to your household,you must request advance permission in writing if possible, and receive written permission from the Housing Agency before the child moves in.  The Housing Agency understands that in some cases it may not be possible to request advance permission for the addition of a child.  In such cases, you MUST notify the Housing Agency within 10 business days of the addition of the child.  However, the Housing Agency may not approve the request.

The following children may be added to the household.

  • Birth child of head of household.
  • Birth child of the spouse or registered domestic partner of the head of household.
  • Children added through adoption, foster placement, or court awarded custody to the head of household or to the spouse or registered domestic partner of the head of household.

The following children may be added to the household, but will NOT increase the family’s voucher size.

  • Birth child of any existing household member, as long as the addition of that child does not cause overcrowding in the unit.

No other adults or children may move into the assisted unit, other than those specifically identified above.

Please be aware that if you fail to provide proper notification and / or request advance permission regarding any changes in your family composition, your housing assistance may be terminated, or you may be responsible for paying back any overpayment of subsidy caused by the unreported information or violation.