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Substance Use Disorder: Recovery and Housing, Medical Care, and Public Benefits

Discrimination around housing, Food & cash benefits, Health Coverage benefits, Housing Assistance & Subsidized Housing, Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Last updated on 08/23/2021 at 4:42 pm

Housing

What does the law say about recovering from substance use disorder and access to housing?

Can my landlord evict me for being in recovery from substance use disorder?

I think I was denied housing/evicted because I am in recovery from substance use disorder, but my landlord gave a different reason. What can I do?

Medical Care

I am currently taking methadone, buprenorphine (such as Suboxone), or another treatment substance related to substance use disorder recovery. If I tell this to hospital/doctor’s office staff, will I be denied treatment?

I currently use illegal substances. Can I be denied medical care for an unrelated issue if the hospital/doctor’s office staff know about my illegal drug use?

What are some reasons people are refused admittance or discharged from hospitals?

Public Benefits

I am recovering from substance use disorder. Can I be denied public assistance, such as welfare, food stamps, or Medicaid?

Can my food stamps be taken away because I am in recovery?

I am recovering from substance use disorder. Can I be denied access to public housing?

I am recovering from substance use disorder. Can I be denied a student loan or other federal financial aid for school?