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SSI for Homeless Beneficiaries

by Lucy Miller

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Introduction

Supplemental Security Income or SSI is intended to provide a basic level of cash assistance to persons who are aged, blind or disabled with little income and few resources to help them pay for the necessities of housing and food.  Because of this, the SSI program considers an individual’s living arrangement when making initial eligibility determinations and when deciding how much the monthly SSI cash payment should be.  There are certain rules in the SSI program that only apply to individuals who are transient or homeless and still others that apply to individuals who live in public emergency shelters for homeless persons.