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Help for the homeless

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

VondaSocial Security administers several programs that pay benefits to qualified individuals, including those who are homeless.  These programs include retirement, disability and survivors insurance, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a needs-based program for people who are blind, disabled or age 65 or older.  If you know someone who is homeless, and you want to learn more about how Social Security might help, a place to get information is at www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness.

For example, there is a link to our Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, or BEST.  Based on answers to various questions, this tool helps determine the benefits someone might be eligible for and gives information about how to qualify and apply.  Go directly to BEST at www.socialsecurity.gov/best.

The Spotlight on Homelessness is a page designed to help the homeless apply for SSI.  It’s available at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-homeless.htm.

You can help us help the homeless.  If you know someone who is homeless, take a look at our Service to the Homeless website and look through the information.  Tell anyone you know who is homeless or threatened with homelessness to use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, to visit our Service to the Homeless page, and to check out the different types of benefits and assistance they may be eligible to receive.  Spread the word about the help available to the homeless.

Every American should have a place to call home.  Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness to learn more.

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