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Pandemic Relief & Supplemental Security Income (SSI) September 2021


Social Security recently changed the rules about what types of financial assistance can affect an individual’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or their monthly SSI payment amount. Usually, they consider any help an individual receives in cash to meet their need for food or shelter as countable income. Generally, the more countable income someone has, the less their SSI payments will be. If their countable income is over the allowable limit, they are ineligible to receive SSI payments.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they no longer count most types of pandemic-related financial assistance against eligibility or payment amount. This includes Economic Impact Payments (EIP), State Stimulus Payments, and Unemployment Assistance. A full list of COVID-19 pandemic-related financial assistance that does not count against SSI eligibility or monthly payment amount is available at


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