Lists of subsidized housing and housing assistance funds for SSI recipients are available from state housing agencies, private charities and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing costs are one factor used to determine SSI payments; recipients who do not pay for their own housing costs are subject to reduced SSI benefits.
SSI payments are reduced by one-third when the recipient does not may for housing costs or food. This includes recipients who live in another person's house without paying rent and recipients who reside in a medical facility paid for by Medicaid for more than 90 days. Recipients who share living expenses with another household member or who are hospitalized for fewer than 90 days are eligible to receive full benefits.
Recipients who pay at least half of their own expenses in institutions or hospitals do not incur the benefit reduction. Individuals who have their payments reduced are eligible to receive full benefits again upon paying for living expenses. This includes moving to a new address, being discharged from the Medicaid-financed facility or contributing more money to the household.
SSI payments count as income when determining eligibility for subsidy programs such as Section 8. SSI recipients do not automatically qualify for these programs and do not receive priority placement into them. States may have different requirements from the federal program. California is one example of a state that provides additional financial assistance to SSI recipients.