There’s going to be a difference between SSI and SSDI on this issue. Again, SSDI is the kind of Social Security disability that you get if you have paid into the system. If you’ve paid into the system, you’ve bought, as it were, an insurance policy and you can win the lottery, people can help you, and it will not affect your entitlement to Social Security disability or to the amount. SSI is different because in SSI, in addition to being disabled, you have to have limited assets. If someone is helping you, Social Security will ordinarily consider that help, if it’s regular, as income and it will reduce the amount that you would ordinarily get. If someone gives you, for example, free room and board, Social Security will reduce your $733 by one-third.
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