Disability, General, SSI

Social Security to Expand SSI Rental Subsidy Policy – Agency Continues to Remove Barriers to Accessing SSI Payments

April 17, 2024 • By

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Last Updated: April 18, 2024

Senior woman and adult daughter laughing on porchLast Thursday, the Social Security Administration published a final rule, “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients.” This rule provides the second of several updates to the agency’s SSI regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI.

“Our mission is to continue to help people access crucial benefits, including SSI,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security.

“Simplifying and expanding our rental subsidy policy nationwide is another common-sense solution that will improve program equality and will reduce agency time spent calculating and administering rental subsidy.”

SSI provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness, and to adults aged 65 and older, who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits can help pay for basic needs like rent, food, clothing, and medicine. People applying for and receiving SSI must meet eligibility requirements, including income and resource limits.

Under the final rule, beginning September 30, 2024, the agency will expand its SSI rental subsidy policy, which due to judicial decisions is currently only in place for SSI applicants and recipients residing in 7 states (Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin). In those states, rental assistance, such as renting at a discounted rate, was less likely to affect a person’s SSI eligibility or payment amount. This new rule extends the same advantageous policy to all SSI applicants and recipients nationwide. This may increase the payment amount some people are eligible to receive and will allow more people to qualify for critical SSI payments.

The agency continuously examines programmatic policies and makes regulatory and sub-regulatory changes as appropriate. Look for more announcements in the coming weeks.

For more information on the SSI program, including who is eligible and how to apply, visit Supplemental Security Income (SSI) | SSA.

To read the final rule “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients,” visit Federal Register: Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients.

The final rule expanding the rental subsidy policy is another announcement that removes barriers to accessing SSI payments. Learn about “Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations.”

 

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  1. Mary H.

    It is time for SSA to look over the Ticket to Work program. Many disabled and non-disabled citizens believe once you are declared medically disabled which means you can no longer work to earn a substantial gainful income, how is it that weeks or months later through Maximus’s rule you can become employed, keep your check and make an earned income, while Maximus employees earn large incomes to find you a job? This is a practice that needs to STOP! You are either too disabled to work or you are not! Let those new high school and college grads get those jobs without competing with disabled 8850s!

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  2. P

    PLEASE CHANGE SSI COUPLES. IT TAKES TOO MANY RESOURCES TO WORK AN SSI COUPLES CASE. SEPARATE THESE CASES AND PAY EVERYONE AS A “DISABLED INDIVIDUAL” THERE ARE SO MANY PAYMENTS ERRORS FROM SSI COUPLES CASES AND IF THIS WAS ELIMINATED THE AGENCY WOULD SAVE SO MUCH MONEY. THANK YOU.

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    • Sue

      Thanks for reading and blog and for your comments. You can submit your feedback by visiting our How can we help? page. From there, select the “Email Us” link. This will take you to the “Email Our Support Team” form where you can submit your suggestion, compliment, or complaint. Thank you!

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      • Ray n.

        I want to sigh up for the rental subsidy I’m currently on ssi

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        • Sue

          Hi, Ray. Thanks for reading our blog and for your comment. You may be able to receive social services, including housing assistance, from the state in which you live. To learn about services in your community and to find out if you are eligible, you can contact your state or local social services agency or welfare office. For other resources, check out our recent blog: How Connecting to Benefits Programs Can Save You Money. We hope this helps.

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  3. Deja

    i’m assuming either the comment section it’s not being moderated or the moderator is MIA!

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