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Will New York State disability benefits pay your rent?

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New York State disability benefits, which are for off the job injuries and illnesses, can be used to pay rent or whatever the claimant chooses. Benefits are paid out in cash, and payments aren't assigned for a specific purpose as of April 2015.

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Social Security Disability Insurance covers on-the-job injuries and illnesses and is paid out by the federal government. These benefits are paid monthly to a bank account via direct deposit or to a SSA Direct Express Card. These benefits can also be used to pay rent. The benefit amount is based on a lifetime average for earnings covered by Social Security.

Weekly payments are equal to 50 percent of an employee's wages, but can't exceed a weekly maximum. The employee's wages are based on the average of his last eight weeks of employment. The maximum amount of payments is 26 weeks per 52-week period.

An employee is eligible for disability benefits if he is unable to work due to a disability. Performing any kind of work, including work from home, excludes him from receiving benefits. Disability benefits cannot be received simultaneously with unemployment benefits.

Employers may collect employee contributions to offset the cost of providing disability benefit coverage. There is a maximum amount an employer can collect.

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