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Role of Resources

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

2148. Role of Resources

2148.1 How do resources affect SSI benefits?

The amount of your resources determines whether you are eligible for any given month. If your countable resources are within the limit for eligibility, they have no effect on the amount of your SSI payment. If you have too many resources, you are not eligible for SSI benefits. However, not everything you own is a resource and not all resources count.

2148.2 Does somebody else share responsibility for you?

In certain situations, a person is expected to share financial responsibility for another individual. If someone else shares financial responsibility for you, like a spouse or a parent if you are a child, the resources (and income) of that person(s) are also considered in determining your eligibility. (See §2167.)

Last Revised: Apr. 7, 2003


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