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I need a little help here. My husband and I are in the AOS stage and we're still currently living with my parents. We desperately want to get our own apartment but my job wouldn't quite cover that right now. I live in the state of Maine and we have something called Section 8, basically the state pays for some of the rent for your apartment. Before I go and apply for this would it screw up our whole immigration process? I really don't want my husband to be deported for this. If I can't apply for that, we will just stay here at my parents until the time is right. Is there a list somewhere where it states what they consider to be government assistance? Any help would be great.

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Affordable Housing is the other name for it. An article to read specific to immigrants: http://www.nilc.org/pubs/guideupdates/rental_housing_1005.pdf

My mother is an immigrant, green card holder, and lives in a beautiful apartment under affordable housing program.

You would not be considered a public charge if you rented under affordable housing program.

"Non-cash or special-purpose cash benefits are generally supplemental in nature and do not make a person primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. Therefore, past, current, or future receipt of these benefits do not impact a public charge determination. Non-cash or special purpose cash benefits that are not considered for public charge purposes include:


- Housing benefits;


Hope that helped!

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