When disabled individuals are unable to meet their financial needs, they can qualify for a variety of social programs. Supplemental Security Income is one of those programs. SSI benefits can help individuals with few assets receive some monthly income to meet their living expenses. However, there are many requirements that must be met in order for people to qualify for SSI benefits.
People should understand how their living arrangements can affect their ability to collect SSI benefits. Under Social Security Administration rules, any support a person receives for shelter or food each month can be deducted from the amount of money that a person receives each month in SSI benefits. Therefore, if people qualify for SSI benefits but receive housing support, their monthly payments can be reduced.