Question about what SSI can be spent on?

Jessi - posted on 11/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Our daughter was approved for SSI. We are expecting our first payment soon. I was wondering how much of her SSI can be put towards rent and bills? I know that we can only spend it on things that directly affect her, putting a roof over her head is pretty important.



I was asking because currently ALL of our income goes to bills, and we have another daughter. We have help from our parents on caring for them because we don't have much extra money to get them things, which is why the SSI is going to be helpful. My question was are we allowed to put a little bit more of her SSI towards rent and bills so we could free up some of our main income for our other daughter to get her things that SHE needs? I mean literally, all of our money goes to rent and bills. I know we're allowed to put forth some of her SSI towards rent but IDK if putting a little more towards rents so we can get things our other daughter needs without technically spending any of our second daughter's SSI money on her, is okay. Do you know what I mean?

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Rose Marie - posted on 11/21/2012

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if you put the money toward half of rent, and groceries, electricity etc. ssi is pretty lenient. they call you up once a year and ask for an update on your income and people living in your house and how much of the money you spent on rent, food eductational medical just give an estimate.

Erin - posted on 11/12/2012

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I think it depends on whether or not you have a dedicated account. My son has received ssi since shortly after birth and they don't ask what you spend it on, at least not in our case. If they do check yours, I'd be careful. If not, it's yours to spend as you need to. We spend ours on food and gas mostly.

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