The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in California is $882*. The maximum SSI benefit is $889.
When housing costs account for more than half of household income, people are at greater risk of becoming homeless.
Justice in Aging, a CA4SSI coalition member organization, teamed up with St. Mary's Center in Oakland, CA (also a CA4SSI member) to hear from a few Bay Area seniors on SSI about what it's really like to live on $889/month.
CA4SSI member organization Hunger Action Los Angeles spoke to some folks on SSI about how the cuts to the SSP have affected them.
*According to the Elder Economic Security Index.