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Social Security expands rental subsidy policy

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Social Security Disability, Social Security Disability Benefits For Illnesses

The Social Security Administration (SSA) published a final rule on April 17 called the “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients.” The second of several recent updates in the SSA’s regulations, it’s intended to remove barriers to accessing SSI payments and to improve program equality by significantly expanding its rental subsidy policy for those who claim Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. This expansion begins on September 30, 2024.

Previously limited to seven states

Due to judicial decisions, the SSA’s rental subsidy policy was previously only in place for SSI applicants and recipients residing in seven states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. In these states, rental assistance, such as renting at a discounted rate, was less likely to affect a person’s SSI eligibility or payment amount.

More support for more people

Along with extending this support to all SSI applicants and recipients nationwide, the policy will increase the payment amount some people are eligible to receive and allow more people to qualify for critical SSI payments. This change is a significant step towards ensuring that all eligible individuals can access the SSI benefits they need, regardless of where they live.

“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,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security

Is it now your turn?

SSI offers monthly financial assistance to individuals with disabilities or blindness and those aged 65 or older with restricted income and resources. It aims to help cover essential expenses such as housing, food, clothing, and healthcare. Eligibility for SSI is contingent upon meeting specific income and resource criteria.

Navigating the websites and policies can be confusing and frustrating. Those with questions about whether they qualify for SSI or the new rental subsidy may find it helpful to work with an attorney who handles social security applications and appeals.


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