Because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the primary economic security program that low-income older adults rely on, we focus on protecting and improving this program and training advocates to advise their clients on qualifying and applying for SSI.
SSI Materials and Information
The SSI program, administered by SSA, can be an economic lifeline for low-income older adults as it provides a very basic income to pay for shelter, food, and other necessities. The program has complicated rules, requirements, and restrictions, so we provide materials, trainings, and general information to help advocates navigate that complexity with their clients and stay informed about changes to or systemic problems with the program.
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.