Extending a Helping Hand with Social Security

two holding hands It’s been said that the true measure of a society is found in how it treats its weakest and most helpless citizens.

We celebrate National Good Neighbor Day on September 28 but we can continue this sentiment all year round by extending a helping hand to our nation’s homeless citizens, who may also live with a disability, by telling them how Social Security can help them through the services we offer.

Social Security can pay monthly benefits to disabled homeless people who have accumulated enough credits from work to qualify. They can apply online at https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/. 

Social Security can also pay benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which is a needs-based program for disabled people who meet the financial guidelines, and who haven’t worked enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. They can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html.

At www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness, there is also a link to local housing assistance and service providers who can help a homeless person file an application for Social Security benefits.

We also recognize that not all homeless people, or those at risk for homelessness, can manage their benefits on their own. That’s why we work to identify them and connect them with a representative payee. A representative payee is a person, agency, or organization that can receive and manage the funds we pay for someone who receives benefits. If you are interested in helping the homeless through the representative payee program, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/payee.

Social Security is an active participant in the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, whose mission is to “coordinate the federal response to homelessness and create a national partnership at every level of government…”

For more information on helping the homeless through Social Security’s programs and services, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness.

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64 thoughts on “Extending a Helping Hand with Social Security

  1. how about them taking social security from an autistic individual and telling them that that they are no longer autistic when you don’t just get over Autism it is a life long condition

  2. I appricate your interest in the disabled or ssi recepients I am of course one of them but I never thought that I wouldbecome a victim to abuse I rent the land but own the mobil home I have hire many contractors that repaired what I asked only to have it destroyed 7 days later I am not married to these people where I seem to be getting divorced at seven days my home is in dier need of the same repairs and I am afeaid of asking for help because my money is going out and the repaire are no9t done. do you have programs for section 8 or vouchers to move since my polace is being ruiened out of greed sincerely Margaret Ketterer

  3. Why is Social Security change my disability to regular Social Security without my permission. I did not want it change until I turned but they said I had no choice. I want to know why I had no choice?????

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  5. My husband has mild dementia and I have had to start taking care of bills and now taxes. We cannot find our
    1099 form for both our SS information for the year
    2017.
    Gordon Henry Kennedy
    Georgia Gail Kennedy

  6. on social security disability and pay HIGH premiums for health care can I claim them on taxes for refund? I have nothing else to claim, I am told yes because I pay over 40% of my income but no because I have nothing else to claim?

  7. Hi my name is Trevor. I am a 38 year old on SSI, but on on my statements where the social security number is at the right hand top my last two letters are d I which stand for disability. I need help finding a place without going through these waitlist is there anything quicker that I could get into possibly for that I am homeless?

    • Hello Trevor, individuals receiving disability benefits may also be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this helps!

  8. I AM HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH MY COMPUTER TO START UP MY BENEFITS THAT WAS APPROVED WITH THE DISABILITY DETERMINATION BRANCH IN HONOLULU, HAWAII. THE PREVIOUS CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT SAID MY RECORDS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING APPROVED IN THE MAINLAND AFTER DETERMINATION OF APPROVING MY SOCIAL SECURITY AMOUNTS OF PAYMENT PER MONTH. I AM APPROACHING 62 YEARS OLD AND ASK TO PERMANENTLY ACCEPT MY ASKING TO RETIRE.
    I HAVE NOT WORKED TOO MUCH THIS 2016-2017 YEAR DUE TO MY ILLNESS. PRESENTLY I WOULD LIKE A DECISION BE MADE AS TO THE MEDICAL DETERMINATION THAT WAS MADE IN FAVOR OF MY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS BE APPROVED STATUS AND ONGOING.
    SINCERELY,
    MR. STEVEN JAMES ADLAWAN
    1758 LUSITANA
    HON., HI. 96813-1657
    61 AND 7 MOTHS OLD.

    • Hello Steven. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

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