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Old 08-08-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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Hey thanks for all the great info. It's a start. I'm working on the SSDI part but If none of that is available, I hate to ask, but are there any jobs around, like house keeping? Someone mentioned a higher cost of living...How much higher?
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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Living solely on SS, SSI or any government program is possible or impossible, depending on a series of factors. If one thinks of living in a beach community , a condo, or a high end area like Miramar or Condado forget it!

If one insists on living in the metropolitan area one should check out Rio Piedras where most Dominicans live. Dominicans usually live on much less income than the general PR population.


If one picks to relocate to a small town say, like Adjuntas, Ciales or Juncos, one might be able to pull it off better, however one has to change one's life style to be closer to that of people who live in small towns of Mississippi, Aabama or Texas. Rental properties in smaller towns are easier to get and some are begging for renters. Any land lord would be willing to negotiate a rent as long as its reasonable and steady. Keep away from towns with large Section 8 recipients because they have cornered the market and landlords prefer them.


A big problem would be trying to fit in. Like any small town, people are suspicious of strangers, but its never like living in the deep South. If one has family in these towns its better, but don't expect the Puerto Rico of 1948 when families watched out for each other.

Many of these towns have relocated their food marts to out skirts of town, requiring long walks or a car. If one keeps to Ventorillos, Plazas del Mercado or town colmados, one might be able to save.
Wheels are a requirement because the once reliable publicos have all but disappeared. Nonetheless some municipal governments have put in place hourly busses which are free. Inter town transportation by busses still exists, specially the route Humacao, Caguas, Rio Piedras for $1 +. But one has to be back home before sundown.


If renting in a small town one also has to figure out what to do with one self. Most of these towns are desolate after the sun goes down. Movies shuttered a long time ago. The plazas have been taken over by shady characters, but neighborhood bars are open and friendly year round. Beer is $1.25, and a Fonda meal is about from $3.00 to $7.00, mostly at noon.

If push comes to shove one can always find some sort of job to supplement income like most Dominicans always do.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:08 AM
 
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Default Social Security Retirement in Puerto Rico

What are some of the best places for someone living on retirement income. Looking for a place not so remote with things to do, but private, good internet service, transportation.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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I have compared the COL of my state and PR and find it much more appealing to live in PR since I am on both SSI/SSDI. I wouldn't need SNAP or other benefits, so would I still receive my benefit each month ? and would I have to return regularly to the states for any evaluations?
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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I am a small town girl from Texas, I can understand and speak several languages (including latin), I prefer the quiet life to the city....sounds like I might just fit in there!!
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:15 AM
 
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I have compared the COL of my state and PR and find it much more appealing to live in PR since I am on both SSI/SSDI. I wouldn't need SNAP or other benefits, so would I still receive my benefit each month ? and would I have to return regularly to the states for any evaluations?
What I understand is that you might continue recieving certain benefits however they are not on par with those of a state. Parity is one of the so called benefits outlined in the recent GAO study ( April 2014). As a state Puerto Rico will get parity with the other 50 states. Sounds great for Puerto Ricans but the question is how is that going to fare in a future Republican Congress, food for thought.
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Old 07-14-2018, 03:38 PM
 
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Exclamation Statehood.....!!!!!

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What I understand is that you might continue recieving certain benefits however they are not on par with those of a state. Parity is one of the so called benefits outlined in the recent GAO study ( April 2014). As a state Puerto Rico will get parity with the other 50 states. Sounds great for Puerto Ricans but the question is how is that going to fare in a future Republican Congress, food for thought.

ALL my family..........WILL VOTE FOR STATEHOOD........!!!!!!
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:14 AM
 
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ALL my family..........WILL VOTE FOR STATEHOOD........!!!!!!
New York is already a state.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:31 PM
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new york is already a state.
lol!!!
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:37 PM
 
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I am wanting to move to Puerto Rico from mainland U.S. and draw SSI. I am wondering if anyone knows if I will still be able to get my benefits such as monthly check, medical insurance, and food stamps there?

When are we going to get away from this WELFARE MENTALITY !
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