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Unread 04-17-2017, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

I want to move out of my parents' house, and into my own apt. I am on disability (SSI, SSDI), don't work right now. Combined SSDI / SSI is about 750 a month. My question is, will my payments go up if I move out so I can pay rent and live? How do I find this out? Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

SSDI does not go up, I have no idea about SSI . Have you looked into having a roommate?
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Unread 04-17-2017, 02:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

No, not yet. But It's probably a good idea to look for one on craigslist or something.
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

I second the roommate idea, but be very careful with who you choose. Some roommates can turn out to be bad news in terms of not helping out with chores, not paying their half of the rent, etc.

Also I see that you mentioned you don't work, but are you able to get a part-time job? I am on disability but work very part-time as well (only 15 hours a week) and this small amount is doable for me and provides a bit of extra income. Just a thought, if you are able to do so.
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

SSDI will remain the same. However, SSI might be increased. Here is a link: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-living-ussi.htm

Apply for a SECTION 8 Voucher. That would help you pay the rent. It can take a few years to get that.
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

No, the amount you receive for SSDI/SSI will not increase.

Look for a HUD (I take it that you're in the USA) office and go fill out paperwork for subsidized housing in your area. It will be a shorter wait than getting onto the section 8 housing waiting list. Check for that too. Google 'section 8 housing (your city)' and find out the status of the waiting list.

Rent will generally run about 30% of your income, perhaps a bit less.

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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

Also, check for apartment complexes that provide subsidized apartments. Some are publicly owned and ooerated by the local housing authority. Others are privately owned and usually operated for profit. It's true that, usually, you can get into one of these sooner (by a lot) than you can get approved for a Section 8 voucher.

There are people on housing assistance who pay as little as $25/mon. for their rent.

You would also be eligible for food stamps (probably more than you are getting now.) You also are eligible for subsidized telephone and Internet access. A land line and high speed Internet access would cost you about $35/mon. Plus you can get energy assistance, called LIHEAP, that will pay several hundred dollars annually to either your gas or electric company, whichever costs you the most. (A lot of people call this a "heating subsidy," but that's kind of a misnomer because the government doesn't care what you used it for . . . as long as it's a source of energy. In Florida, people might use it to pay high electric bills related to running their air conditioners.)
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

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No, the amount you receive for SSDI/SSI will not increase.

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Default On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

Unless there is a cost of living increase your monthly income will stay the same, I think I got one years ago and it added about 5 bucks more a month * useless*
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Default Re: On SSDI / SSI, and want to move out. Question.

I try not to contradict people named "Sgt. Rock", but DOES WHERE I LIVE AFFECT HOW MUCH SSI I CAN GET?

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If you live in your own place and pay your own food and shelter costs, regardless of whether you own or rent, you may get up to the maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) amount payable in your State.
Information on how much you can work and earn without jeopardizing your SSDI benefit can be found here.
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