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Currently Receiving Benefits, but Still Struggling Financially?

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If you are currently receiving benefits, but are still struggling financially, there are some means tested assistance programs that may help you. Most of these programs are administered at the state level so you should check with your locality to determine whether or not you are eligible. Read to learn about assistance for Social Security recipients.

Food

SNAP

SNAP benefits are automatically added to an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that can be used when shopping for food.

These programs are administered by your state and each state’s program can be different.

WIC

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition for women and children up to age 5.

These programs are also administered by your state and each state’s program can be different.

Food Banks

Many localities have local food banks. Feeding America has compiled a great list of food programs that help millions of people find food and grocery help in their own communities.

Housing

Section 8 Housing

HUD administers a housing choice voucher program that provides low income families decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Phone & Internet

“Obama Phones”

There are many companies that offer free or discounted phones through the Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) service. These programs can reduce the cost of phone or internet service by providing a monthly discount.

Heating/Cooling

LIHEAP

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps with heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

Medical Care

Medicaid

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that, together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), provides health coverage. Medicaid is the single largest source of health coverage in the United States.

Temporary Assistance

TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a time-limited program that helps families when parents or other relatives cannot provide for the family’s basic needs. The federal government provides grants to states to run the TANF program.

Part-time Job

Working

The Social Security Administration wants to help you work. It provides for many programs to facilitate this. Ticket to Work is a program that provides career development for people ages 18-64. Additionally, “substantial gainful activity (SGA) is a term used to describe a level of work activity and earnings. If you receive SSD, as long as you gross under this annual SGA limit, you will remain eligible for SSD benefits.

Assistance for Social Security Recipients

Navigating the financial challenges that come with disability can be overwhelming, especially if you’re still struggling financially despite receiving SSD benefits. However, there is a range of assistance for Social Security recipients available to help you manage your finances better. From food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC to housing options like Section 8 and medical coverage through Medicaid, various means-tested programs are designed to provide the support you need. Each state has its own set of programs, so it’s crucial to check with your local agencies to determine your eligibility. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and help is available. Take the first step in improving your financial well-being by exploring these assistance options today.

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September 6, 2023

Written by TC Newlin

TC is a disability litigator and one of the managing partners in the Social Security Disability Department at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. He has had the pleasure of helping thousands of people obtain the benefits they so desperately need.

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