I've been receiving full SSI Disability for the past 5 yrs, while living in my own apartment/paying all my own bills. I have now moved back in with my parents and I need to know how much I have to pay for my fair share in order to continue receiving full benefits?
From research I've gathered online, I've read that it's calculated by adding up the total monthly household expenses and dividing by the # of people in the home. I understand this includes rent, mortgage, gas, electricity, water, food etc.
My parents (who are married) own their home, but did refinance it recently and my Dad pays $1000/mo towards that. Does their refinance count as a "mortgage" by SS Law standards, for which I'm required to pay a portion of? My Mom, who is retired (but not yet receiving SS) doesn't contribute any towards it. My Dad also pays about $200/mo average for all utilities, of which my Mom doesn't contribute to either. I'm buying/preparing/consuming my food separate from my family.
Currently, my brother (who is not on SS) is also living in the home with my parents and I, but it's only temporary while he's shopping for a new house (a few months max). Does he count towards the # of people in the home? He's not paying anything towards household expenses, as my parents are allowing him to put that money towards his new house instead.
So I'm trying to determine which household expenses I'm responsible for, and how many people I should be dividing by to calculate my "fair share"?