difficult child started to receive SSI when in school about 6 months ago. He had a reduced amount because we paid for housing and food. He moved into an apartment June 1st. We couldn't apply for a review and increase until we had a signed lease. This was done May 15th. The current amount is 20.00 less than the rent. So obviously we had to make up the difference. I called yesterday to check on the status. I was told that it will be until Sept 1(june,july and August were still the lesser rate)before he gets an adjustment. I asked about being reimbursed for the 3 months since we applied. I was told that difficult child wouldn't receive it. So my question to the caseworker was how do people manage without food if they don't have parents to feed them. The first thing out of her mouth was "if you are giving him food or money, you must have difficult child report it and will be deducted from next months payout". My jaw hit the floor. I responded that it was a loan and he was to pay me back(whew) I asked if I was supposed to allow difficult child to starve or go to soup kitchens? Does he now need to receive food stamps too? You would think this is simple common sense but they won't hear of it. I was so speechless I almost cried. How can that be right? difficult child doesn't have an income. I have a feeling he will be having a review of his documentation. I don't even know who to report things to? There is no guidance. You are left to figure it out and then difficult child gets penalized if we make a mistake. I simply hate having this bureaucracy in my life. I am a very reasonable person and I don't have excessive expectations of what SSI can do for difficult child but if they start to penalize difficult child for something like food, I am going to rattle some chains. Does any of this make sense to anyone else?