Social Security determines the base payment amount for a beneficiary based on their “Living Arrangement.” Most beneficiaries will be classified into these five categories:
- Independent living status – Examples: Rent an apartment. Own a home.
- Living in someone else’s household – Examples: Live with parents or family. Do not pay rent or household expenses.
- Living in a foster care home
- Private non-medical facility (five people or less) – Example: Residential care home.
- Private non-medical facility (more than five people)
Hawaii’s 2013 base monthly payment rates are listed below.
|Category||Eligible Individual||Eligible Couple|
|Independent living status||$733.00||$1,100.00|
|Living in someone else's household||$488.67||$733.34|
|Living in a foster care home||$1,384.90||$2,740.80|
|Private non-medical facility (five people or less)||$1,384.90||$2,740.80|
|Private non-medical facility (five people or more)||$1492.90||$2,956.80|
A beneficiary can receive less than the full payment rate if they have other sources of income. For more information, refer to SSI Income Formula.