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Social Security enhances rental subsidy program

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | Social Security Disability |

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a significant change on April 17, implementing the “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients.” This update, one of several recent modifications to SSA regulations, aims to make it easier to access SSI payments and to promote fairness within the program by broadening the rental subsidy policy. This expanded policy will be effective from September 30, 2024.

Previously limited to seven states

Due to court rulings, the SSA’s rental subsidy was initially only available to SSI recipients in Texas, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Vermont. In these locations, receiving rental assistance, like reduced rent, typically did not impact a person’s eligibility for SSI or the amount they received.

Expanded support across the nation

The revised policy will now include all SSI recipients across the United States, not just those in the previously designated states. It also aims to increase the amount of assistance some recipients can receive and expand eligibility for SSI, making it a crucial development for ensuring that all eligible individuals have access to necessary benefits.

“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,” stated Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security.

Accessing needed assistance

SSI provides monthly financial aid to individuals who are disabled, blind or 65 and over, with limited income and resources. The SSA designed this support to help cover vital living costs, including housing, food, clothing, and healthcare. Eligibility for SSI depends on specific income and resource limits.

Understanding the details of these benefits and navigating the related policies can be challenging. Individuals needing clarification about their eligibility for SSI or the new rental policy might consult a lawyer specializing in social security applications and appeals for guidance.