Issue Brief: SSI Access Series—Ensuring Access to Assistance From State and Local Governments and Nonprofits

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is vital for extremely low-income people who cannot work due to age or disability. The maximum federal benefit is just $841 a month for an individual, which is supposed to cover rent, utilities, food, and other basic needs. Not only is the monthly benefit too low, but there are strict eligibility rules that keep people from being able to fully access the SSI benefit. Justice in Aging is authoring a series of briefs highlighting areas where SSI policies should be improved.

The first of these briefs, Ensuring Access to Assistance from State and Local Governments and Nonprofits, explores how SSI beneficiaries can receive help and in-kind support from state and local governments and non-profits to help them meet their basic needs, without jeopardizing their SSI benefit.

Future papers will focus on a range of topics, including language access, the application process, and others.

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