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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Information Explaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the Elderly and Disabled

There are millions of people across the United States – seniors and those with disabilities – who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to make ends meet.

Taking a snapshot of those receiving SSI benefits, we see that the majority are women. The program is especially helpful for people of color and those with limited English language skills. It is also an essential budgetary benefit for countless disabled older Americans whose Social Security benefits do not cover all their needs for food and shelter because they have no other adequate source of income.

With so much uncertainty in Washington about the future of government programs, it is important that those who advocate for seniors, the disabled and other Americans make sure that the elected officials who are making these decisions understand the critical needs these programs cover. In many cases, we’re talking about shelter, food and other basic necessities.

To that end, Justice in Aging, a group that advocates against senior poverty, has created an easy-to-understand worksheet that can be used to help get the message out about how catastrophic it would be to low-income families if these programs are cut. Here is a link to the informative fact sheet created by Justice in Aging.


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