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SSA-8000, Part 2: Living Arrangements

Part 2 of the SSA-8000 gathers information about the applicant’s living arrangement. Relevant questions are 19 through 38 (pages 6 – 10) of the SSA-8000.

Since SSI is based on need, where a person is living is an important part of the application.  There are four types of living arrangements used by SSA.  People experiencing homelessness are included in the "A" living arrangement category. 

Why Ask About Living Arrangement?

Since SSI is based on need, it looks at all resources that may provide more than basic needs.
  • Many housing situations include additional services beyond shelter
  • These might include food, medical services, or other supports
  • Living arrangement can affect the amount of the SSI benefit 
    • Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) may change annually; for up to date information, visit the SOAR website.
    • Look for Annual Updates

Four Types Considered

 SSA Living Arrangement Categories




  • Homeless
  • Qualifying transitional housing. Check with your local SSA field office to determine which programs qualify
  • Paying rent


  • Receives some in-kind support
  • Often applies to individuals living with family

State Institution

  • State hospitals
  • Jail
  • Prison

Non-State Institution

  • Nursing home


SOAR case managers can assist with gathering documentation.
  • Rental agreement or receipts
  • Lease
  • Mortgage papers

SSA-8000: Question 19

This question assesses living arrangement:
  • Household
  • Non-Institutional Care
  • Institution
  • Transient or Homeless

SSA-8000 Question 19: Transient or Homeless

This includes individuals who live:
  • On the street/outdoors, in vehicles
  • In shelters
  • With a succession of friends or relatives and has no permanent living arrangement as of the first of the month of application
For individuals who are homeless or transient, skip to question 38

SSA-8000 Question 20: Institution

This includes individuals who live in any type of institution, such as
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rest or retirement homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers (such as substance abuse rehabs)
  • Jail or prison
Complete questions 20 and 21 regarding the institution

SSA-8000 Question 22: Non-Institutional Care

This includes individuals such as:
  • Foster children
  • Individuals living in group homes
  • Other supervised living situations, such as a personal care home
Complete question 23, which requests information about the person’s residence, facility, or placement agency

SSA - 8000 Questions 24–36: Household Arrangements

This is a series of questions requesting details about 
  • Type of residence
  • With whom the person resides
  • Household expenses
  • Question 35 specifically asks about loan agreements (discussed in the next article)

SSA-8000 Questions 37 and 38

These inquire about in-kind support in the form of housing, food or other.
  • In-kind support
    • From whom
    • Type – housing, food, other
    • Monthly value
  • Has this information remained the same since the beginning of the application process?
  • Do you expect this arrangement to change?