An aging population and levels of income inequality not seen since the 1920s are creating a senior poverty crisis. Now more than ever we must ensure that all seniors have the income and economic supports they need for housing, food, utilities, and other basic necessities. The income benefits that growing numbers of the nation’s low income older adults rely on must work as intended and be expanded to meet the growing need.

Our economic security work ensures that:

  • All seniors have adequate funds and other supports to pay for essential needs of decent living throughout old age.
  • Seniors receive needed benefits to which they are entitled, promptly and without arbitrary denial or disruption.
  • Programs and services are delivered without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language ability, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other potential disadvantage.

Non-disability Appeals

Social Security and SSI recipients should be able to receive their entitled benefits and have access to an appeals process that works. By identifying broken processes and recommending solutions both to the Social Security Administration and to advocates fighting for their clients, we work to ensure that due process is followed throughout the appeals process.

Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2015

We believe that no senior should have to choose between food and medicine, become homeless, or lack heat in the winter. We’re working with members of Congress to  garner support for the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2015, which Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced in the Senate as S 1387; and Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), along with 25 House co-sponsors, introduced in the House as HR 2442 on May 19, 2015.  We have been leading the effort to update the cornerstone poverty program for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

SSA’s Representative Payee Program

Currently, more than ten million older adults rely exclusively on Social Security benefits as their primary source of income. As the population ages and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments increases, more older adults will need to rely on others to manage their finances.