Life is unpredictable, and everyone is susceptible to experiencing homelessness. It can happen to people in our community — colleagues, military veterans, close friends, and even family members — people who might be too proud to ask for help.
When this happens, Social Security is there. We pay benefits to people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness and have accumulated enough credits from work to qualify through our disability program. We also pay benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a means-tested program for people with disabilities who meet the financial guidelines, but haven’t worked enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
People experiencing homelessness have the same rights and privileges when it comes to applying for benefits as someone who has a permanent shelter. If a person is experiencing homelessness, their benefits can be deposited directly into a personal banking account or another electronic account, or be mailed to a third party. A relative or other third party can be assigned as their representative payee.
Our website offers vital information for people experiencing homelessness and their service providers. There, you can find information about housing and filing an application for Social Security benefits.
At Social Security, we are committed to be there with you throughout life’s journey. You can help us make a positive change in someone’s life. In the spirit of the season, please help us spread this message about our services by sharing it with your loved ones and anyone who may need it. Together, we can make a difference.