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Can I get SSI if I live in own home?

Though the eligibility requirements for receiving supplemental security income benefits are not as stringent as those for social security disability benefits, it is still important to know how various factors can affect one's eligibility. One aspect California residents may not know affects the amount of SSI they can receive is their living arrangement.

What is meant by a living arrangement? Quite literally, it means the place where one lives-either alone or with someone else, or in an institution or nursing home. However, it also includes on who bears the expenses-who is paying for food and shelter and utilities? The answers to these questions could impact the amount of SSI one is receiving.

There are various instances in which SSI can be reduced. For example, if the applicant lives in someone else's residence and pays less than half of their share of the costs; or if the applicant lives in their house but someone else is bearing the costs of living; or if the applicant is in a nursing home for a month and more than half of the cost of care is being borne by Medicaid. When someone else is providing for the applicant's shelter or food, this is known as in-kind support and maintenance and the Social Security Administration counts this as income for the purposes of calculating SSI benefits. The amount reduced depends on the value of the help being received. If the applicant is living alone and is paying for their own food and shelter, or is living with others but is paying for their share of their expenses, then there is no in-kind support and maintenance and SSI is not reduced accordingly.

The amount of reduction in SSi benefits varies on the amount the help being received and often involves complicated calculations. However, before even getting to that point, one must understand and document their living arrangement and it may be beneficial to have an experienced attorney help with getting the paperwork in order.

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