Monthly Public Support

Monthly Public Support Amount at Application

Enter the monthly amount (to the nearest dollar) of public support received by the individual at application from each of the following sources. If individual did not receive any monthly public support, enter "0" for each type of public support. Agencies may leave these data elements blank for closure code 1.

Public support means cash payments made by Federal, State and/or local governments for any reason, including an individual’s disability, age, or economic status. Include payments to a family unit precipitated by the individual’s disability or when the individual’s presence is taken into account in the computation of the family benefit. Also include any payments that are sent directly to the individual in an institution or to dependents on his/her behalf. Exclude any non-cash support payments such as Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and rental subsidies. Categories of public support are as follows:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the Aged, Blind or Disabled
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • General Assistance (State or local government)
  • Veterans' Disability Benefits
  • Workers' Compensation
  • All Other Public Support

Enter the monthly amount of public support received from all other sources of public support not listed. Other Public Support payments are cash payments to individuals beyond those otherwise listed. Include payments made by Federal, State and local governments for retirement or survivor benefits to the individual as well as unemployment insurance benefits and other temporary payments.

Primary Source of Support at Application

Enter a code from the list below to indicate the individual’s largest single source of economic support at application, even if it accounts for less than one-half of the individual’s total support.

Note:  If an individual is supported by the earnings of a spouse, or by the spouse's unemployment insurance checks, identify Code 2 as the Primary Source of Support (family and friends) and not Code 1 (personal income). If an individual is primarily supported by a governmental entity with no cash support – for example, incarcerated individuals, – use Code 3 (public support) as the primary source of support only if the individual applicant is the recipient of the support. If the family receives public support, use Code 2 (family and friends).

  1. Personal Income (employment earnings, interest, dividends, rent, retirement including social security)
  2. Family and Friends
  3. Public Support (SSI, SSDI, TANF, etc.)
  4. All other sources (e.g., private disability insurance and private charities)