Kilolo Kijakazi, Appearing Commissioner of Social Safety, introduced that the company has expanded its outreach to individuals in important want of monetary assist who could also be eligible for Supplemental Safety Earnings (SSI).
SSI supplies month-to-month funds to adults age 65 and older or to different adults – and kids – with a incapacity or blindness who’ve restricted revenue and monetary assets. SSI helps pay for fundamental wants like lease, meals, clothes, and medication.
“Serving to eligible individuals entry important advantages, together with SSI, is a part of Social Safety’s core mission,” mentioned Appearing Commissioner Kijakazi. “Underserved communities face further challenges, like unreliable or no entry to the web and computer systems, that widen the divide. Social Safety’s marketing campaign strives to succeed in individuals of their communities to inform them in regards to the eligibility standards for SSI, and find out how to contact us on-line at www.ssa.gov/ssi or by telephone for extra data or an appointment to use.” The marketing campaign helps President Biden’s Govt Order 13985, Advancing Racial Fairness and Help for Underserved Communities Via the Federal Authorities.
Social Safety used information to establish and attain underserved communities in rural and concrete areas throughout the nation the place it famous the best decline in SSI purposes for the reason that pandemic, and the place nearly all of individuals residing in these zip codes are individuals of shade and/or individuals residing at or beneath the 150 % Federal poverty threshold.
Social Safety’s marketing campaign makes use of a wide range of methods to succeed in individuals, together with radio and tv public service bulletins (PSA), radio adverts, mailers, bus shelter and different giant indicators, flyers distributed to native shops, and printed publications in a number of language choices.
Watch the 60-second tv PSA beneath.
People who obtain SSI could qualify for different monetary assist, together with the Supplemental Diet Help Program (previously often known as meals stamps), Medicaid, and discounted web service by means of the Federal Commerce Fee’s Reasonably priced Connectivity Program. People who obtain Social Safety advantages might also be eligible for SSI.
Individuals with restricted revenue and monetary assets, and with entry to the web, ought to go to www.ssa.gov/ssi to study extra about SSI eligibility and request an appointment to use for advantages. Individuals with out entry to the web can name Social Safety’s Nationwide 800 Quantity at 1-800-772-1213 to talk with a consultant.
Along with this marketing campaign, Social Safety lately proposed simplifications to the SSI program when persons are receiving meals help. The proposed adjustments will simplify the principles, making it simpler to know and adjust to program necessities. This can save time for the general public and Social Safety and enhance the equitable therapy of meals help throughout the SSI program. Social Safety accepted feedback in regards to the proposed rule by means of April 17, 2023.
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