Anderson, SC asked in Social Security for Georgia

Q: Does the 650 rent I pay get deducted from the income I make at Publix that I report to SSI. I don't understand

My daughter is going to live on her own and works at Publix. She receives SSI. Her income affects her benefit. Her rent will be 675 a month. Will that be deducted from her income she makes?

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Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: No, your daughter's rent is not deducted from the income she makes for SSI purposes.

Since she is living on her own and paying her own rent, Social Security will not reduce her SSI payments for that reason. The rule is that a person's SSI payment is reduced by one-third if the person does not pay for the food and shelter you get from the household.

Because SSI is a needs based program, the countable income and resources a person has affects the SSI payments. See

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