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Brief Highlights Ways to Connect Those Experiencing Homelessness to SSI and SSDI

15 September 2015
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has developed a guide outlining how service providers can help individuals experiencing homelessness apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The brief - Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI and SSDI Benefits - highlights who is eligible to apply for SSDI and SSI benefits and the differences between the two entitlement programs.

The brief provides a detailed outline of the SSI/SSDI application process, a list of other Federal programs, and collaboration strategies to engage federal agencies, organizations, and service providers. The brief also highlights five meaningful approaches to help people experiencing homelessness access SSI/SSDI benefits, including:

  • Assisting People Experiencing Homelessness with the SSI/SSDI Application Process
  • Coordinating with SSA Field Offices, Community Organizations, and other Federal Agencies
  • Coordinating with Other Benefits and Entitlements
  • Working with Veterans and Other Special Populations
  • Assisting SSI/SSDI Beneficiaries Post-Entitlement

This report was written in collaboration with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help better streamline services for those experiencing homelessness.

Click here to read the brief.