Federal, State, and local governments are involved in a number of programs which provide
assistance (cash or in-kind goods and services) to SSI recipients. For SSI purposes,
treatment of this assistance will vary depending on the nature of the program and
the payment. Sections SI 00830.170, SI 00830.175, and SI 00830.180 provide guidelines for determining the nature of these programs and the income, if
any, to charge when program-specific instructions do not exist elsewhere. A guide
to national program-specific instructions is provided in SI
00830.165B. Instructions pertaining to many local programs can be found in regional instructions.