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Role of organizations in Supplemental Security Income

Role of organizations in Supplemental Security Income

| Apr 11, 2015 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI) |

Under federal law, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, may be given to the disabled or elderly in an effort to aid in paying medical expenses. Currently, around eight million people have received SSI benefits. However, many who may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income never apply for it.

Monthly payments may be made under the federal program via Supplemental Security Income. Many Newark residents who have low income and few resources can apply for SSI to help financially sustain themselves. Various awareness programs also encourage volunteers to come out and help those in need of Supplemental Security Income. In many cases, these groups and organizations can be a mediator between people in need and the authorities who process their claims.

Such organizations can be a major help in spreading awareness, getting the claimants legal aid and guiding them throughout the procedure. Many claimants as well as their families find it beneficial to consult with an attorney to help understand how to go about claiming Supplemental Security Income.

In many cases, organizations may also take on the role of a representative payee for up to four or five families and people claiming Supplemental Security Income. Such cases typically involve claimants who are unable to manage their own money for some reason, such as mental incapacity, alcoholism or other voluntary reasons. In some intances, the organization may charge a small fee for managing the claimant’s money for him or her.

Any Newark resident who thinks that they are in need of SSI benefits should look into whether or not they qualify.

Source: SocialSecurity.gov, “A guide to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for groups and organizations,” accessed on April 3, 2015