Earned Income Disregard (EID)

A rule that helps people with disabilities getting housing benefits — like Section 8, public housing, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) — try working.

If you have a disability and get a housing benefit that has an EID rule, you can start working and your new earnings will not be counted by the program during the first year after you start working. That means your rent won’t go up and you won’t lose the benefit because of your work. During the second year after you start working, only 50% of your earnings will be counted.