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Social Security Housing

Individuals faced with situations that cause for assistance in payment of rent have had questions regarding Social Security and housing. Uncertainties of what the Social Security Housing Act is or if Social Security can help pay rent often lead to questions like the ones answered below by the thousands of Experts.

What is the Section 8 Housing Act?

Section 8 is formally known as Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937. It authorizes payments of rental housing assistance to landlords for low income households. The largest program is the Housing Choice Voucher program which pays a big amount of rents and utilities of millions of households. Section 8 is managed by HUD, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

My child is 26 years old and bipolar. How can they get help with housing rent or apartment rent assistant through Social Security?

If your child has a disability they can apply for Social Security Disability. This will give the child a monthly income to help with rent for a house or an apartment. If they have never worked the child can also apply for Social Security Insurance (SSI) which will also give them a monthly income to help pay for rent and food. In order to apply for these types of assistance, the individual will need to apply at any Social Security office.

I would like to get assistance from Social Security to get my rent paid. Who should I contact get my rent paid?

Social Security doesn’t have any programs specifically to help with rent. You can contact your local Housing Authority office and they should be able to refer you to low cost apartments. They also may be able to get you on a list for a Section 8 choice voucher. This voucher would allow you to rent any apartment where the landlord accepts Housing Urban Development (HUD) payments/vouchers.

If an individual is on disability, low housing and Medicaid and their parent has passed away leaving all personal belongings and a small life insurance policy. Can this affect the individual’s disability insurance, low housing eligibility and Medicaid?

The individual will not be required to give anything to Medicaid. If they are disabled and also receiving Social Security Insurance (SSI) which is also welfare based, then they may no longer meet the qualifications of these programs. If the inheritance is more than $2000 the individual will not qualify for the months that they accumulate more than $2,000. If the individual can spend down the amount then they could still be eligible for Medicaid and SSI. They should notify their case worker about the inheritance. If they fail to do this, and continues to accept the SSI then they could be charged with fraud.

In section 8 housing do you use the name on the Social Security (SS) card or the name on the SS award letter for certification?

With Section 8 Housing an individual would use the name on the Social Security award letter if it is different than that of the individual’s Social Security card. The award letter names the individual who was given the Section 8 award.

Knowing the right information and having a good idea of Social Security housing can help when faced with circumstance involving assistance with housing. Experts can help answer if Social Security can help pay rent or what the Section 8 Housing Act is. Get the answers fast and affordably by asking an Expert.

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