In-Kind Support and Maintenance Calculations May Soon Exclude Food

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed a rule change that would omit food from the in-kind support and maintenance (ISM) calculations used to determine Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility and payment amounts.

This proposed rule change is intended to simplify the rules by making them less cumbersome to administer and easier for SSI applicants and recipients to understand.These simplifications would make it easier for SSI applicants and recipients to comply with our program requirements, which would save time for both the SSA and SSI recipients, and improve the equitable treatment of food assistance within the SSI program. Please click the link below to learn more.