Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Social Security Administration Should Halt All Pending Regulations

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the U.S. workforce, leading to record levels of unemployment.  While some people will return to work in the coming months, many workers with disabilities may remain out of the workforce indefinitely.  Older workers with disabilities were thirty percent more likely to lose their jobs during the Great Recession than the…

Youth Justice: SSI Benefits

Billie Washington was struggling to make ends meet. A former home care attendant, she was no longer able to work due to her rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other illnesses. While waiting for her disability benefits hearing, she began receiving General Assistance. Ms. Washington carefully budgeted the monthly $205.00 to cover her rent, toiletries, medical co-payments, and public transportation to get to doctor’s appointments. When she found out that General Assistance was being eliminated, Ms. Washington felt like she had the rug yanked out from under her. Describing the feeling of desperation, she said, “I was crushed. I just, I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

SSI for Children

What is SSI for children? SSI for children is a cash assistance program for low-income families who are caring for children with physical and/or mental disabilities.   How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) decide if my child is disabled? SSA will look at how severe your child’s medical conditions are and how they interfere…

How to Apply for Social Security Benefits

Community Legal Services does not help people apply for Social Security Benefits.  You can apply for benefits by: Telephone: You can call 1 (800) 772-1213 (between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) to schedule an appointment to apply for Social Security Benefits. In person: You can also apply for Social Security Benefits by walking in to your local Social Security…

Has Social Security Dismissed Your Case?

What is a Dismissal? A “dismissal” is when Social Security turns down your application, after you appealed it, without actually deciding whether you are disabled.  This often happens if you did not go to a hearing.  If your case is dismissed you must act quickly, within 60 days.   What should I do if I get…

Who is Eligible for Social Security Benefits?

Millions of children and adults depend on benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for their basic income.  SSA provides many different kinds of benefits, including benefits for senior citizens, as well as children and adults with disabilities.  SSA’s main programs are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI), and Social Security Retirement…

SSI for Non-US Citizens

What is SSI? SSI is a monthly cash payment from the Social Security Administration.  These payments are for individuals who have low income and resources, and who are disabled, blind, or age 65 and older.  Both adults and children can get SSI.  For 2020, the most you can get in SSI benefits is $783 per…