My primary source of income will be SSI which is $750 from the federal government, and $22.40 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For those living in economically struggling countries, this may sound like a lot. In reality though, it about 25% below the poverty line, and in my opinion – even at the poverty line, one can not truly make the basics suffice.

I also receive financial assistance with my rent through the Section-8 Program. The program pays about $370 (in my case) of the rent. It is based on the housing capacity, and income. Since my rent is about $690 + Electricity, the assistance makes it possible for me to afford to pay for rent. In addition, there is a $15/pet fee. In addition to my SSI benefits, I also receive about $100 in SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps). This fund is for food only, and since I spend as much if not more on food – it is greatly appreciated. Last, I have applied and been approved for the CAP program which helps in reducing the total electric bill. The program requires that I pay about 60% of the bill which has meant that my electricity is now below $20 per month which considering my income – is a great assistance. Last, once per year, I qualify for a rental rebate program. Based on my income, and the money I pay – I can expect about $400 each year that I apply for the program.