[nabs-l] Question about SSI

Sami Osborne ligne14 at verizon.net
Mon Jun 6 11:54:47 UTC 2016


Hi Elizabeth,

Wow.  I never knew that you were required to pay rent with Social 
Secuy.  I'm not  required to do this.   Do yink that this may 
have changed from when you applied to when I did? Or does it 
depend on the state? I still get the full amount of SSI benefits 
even though I'm at the training center and have my parent's 
address as my address for  Social Security.  I live in NY.   
Also, I have always been fine; my Social Security office has 
never confronted me about what I do with my checks, and never 
told me anything about being required to pay rent.  Like you, I 
also transfer my monthly  benefits to my parent's   bankccount so 
that they would have  enough money to pay for what they need.

Thanks,

Sami

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Elizabeth Mohnke via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Sun, 05 Jun 2016 15:19:00 -0400
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello Jen,

Thank you for providing your experience with Social Security.  
When I lived
with my parents, I simply provided them with a monthly rent check 
to help
them pay for things like food, utilities, and other household 
expenses.  I
found this arrangement to work well for me as my parents could 
use the money
to pay for household expenses as they saw fit while complying 
with the rent
requirement for Social Security.  However, when there were 
unexpected
expenses, or a temporary loss of income to my parents, I would 
usually chip
in a little bit more than what was agreed upon for my monthly 
rent.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as a free lunch, so people 
need to be
able to afford the services they use either by paying for them 
with money or
through some sort of work in exchange for these services.  For 
example, if
someone is willing to make meals for the entire family while 
living with
their parents, I think this is something that should be 
considered when
negotiating the amount for a monthly rent given the limited 
income a person
receives from Social Security.

However, these are simply my thoughts on this matter, and not 
everyone may
agree with them.  I simply hope this information is helpful to 
someone on
this email list.

Warm regards,
Elizabeth

-----Original Message-----
From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
Jennifer
Aberdeen via NABS-L
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2016 2:55 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Cc: Jennifer Aberdeen <freespirit328 at gmail.com
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello,

I just wanted to put my two cents in regarding SSI.

I think it depends on the state you live in whether your amount 
gets reduced
or not.  I started receiving SSI when I turned eighteen, received 
the full
amount while living with my parents and I did not pay rent.  I 
paid for
things like telephone and cable, but not rent.

Later, I attended the Carroll Center for five months and still 
received my
full amount...I too went home on the weekends though.

Now I live in my own apartment and of course pay rent so I get 
the full
amount.

Social Security never asked me anything and never said anything 
to me about
where I lived.  I live in Rhode Island.  Don't know if it makes a 
difference,
but I'm guessing it all depends on which state you live in.

Jen
-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth Mohnke via NABS-L
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2016 2:42 PM
To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
Cc: Elizabeth Mohnke
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello Kennedy,

Thank you for providing this information.  It is good to know 
that Social
Security reduces the amount of the check you receive if you are 
not paying
rent.  However, as I understand it, most people who attend NFB 
training
centers such as the Louisiana Center for the Blind do not pay 
rent as this
is generally paid as a part of attending an NFB training center.  
Therefore,
I do not see what the difference would be in terms of the amount 
of Social
Security would be.

However, with this said, I believe it is a good practice to pay 
rent as an
adult while living with your parents.  Even if someone lives 
nearby on
campus, but then comes home on the weekends to do laundry, eat 
some nice
home cooking food, and use the internet while staying the night, 
these are
all expenses that require money, even if someone is just using 
these
services on a limited basis on the weekends.  Paying a small 
amount of rent
on a monthly basis will satisfy the rent requirement from Social 
Security
while demonstrating to your parents that you are a responsible 
adult who is
willing to help contribute to household expenses.  While this may 
not
automatically mean that your parents will treat you like an adult 
rather
than a child, taking steps in acting like a responsible adult 
will more
likely lead to your parents interacting with you as an adult 
rather than a
child.

Anyway, I hope this information is helpful.

Warm regards,
Elizabeth

-----Original Message-----
From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
KENNEDY
STOMBERG via NABS-L
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 11:44 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Cc: KENNEDY STOMBERG <kestomberg at coe.edu
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello.

I didn't report my change of address until after I had arrived.  
So, if your
Social Security representative isn't great at answering phone 
calls, you can
leave a voicemail for them.  If they don't get back to you, just 
keep calling
until they answer so you can tell them that you have changed your 
address.
As for living in your dorm, you may still want to report that, 
especially if
you will not be paying rent at your home.  This is important, 
because if you
do not pay rent, they may reduce the amount that you get paid.
I hope this helps! :-)

Kennedy Stomberg
(218)295-2391

 On Jun 2, 2016, at 9:03 PM, Vejas Vasiliauskas via NABS-L
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:

 Hi All,
 I have a couple of questions regarding SSI.
 I am going to graduate from LCB in two weeks and moving back 
home for
 the
summer, so I know that I will need to report that I am living 
back home.
How far in advance do I need to do this, bearing in mind that my 
social
security rep is not the best at answering calls?
 Secondly, I am going to be moving to my dorm in August.  The 
college
 that
I am staying at is only 20 minutes away from home, which means 
that I can
always go home on weekends and can come and go as I please.  I 
would
obviously be staying at home for breaks also.  Would I still need 
to report
about staying in the dorm?
 Thanks,
 Vejas

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