Public Benefits

Am I eligible for a Federal Economic Impact Payment if I receive SSI or SSDI and do not have other income?

You do not have to be earning income as an employee of a company or from any other source in addition to your Social Security payment. However, if you are listed as a dependent on someone else’s federal tax return you may not be eligible.

Lean more about the Economic Impact payment to see if you qualify.

Where can I get benefits guidance regarding COVID-19 and HUD, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, SNAP and unemployment insurance?

Cornell University’s Institute on Employment and Disability has released guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on public benefits.

Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on benefit programs.

What resources are available to assist me with my utility bills?

LIHEAP ( Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. LIHEAP agencies across the country are working to address COVID-19 and are providing resources. Customers can use these resources to stay informed about program changes in their area and not miss opportunities for assistance.

If you receive LIHEAP assistance or need assistance with utilities visit the link below to see if you are eligible for LIHEAP assistance. Click on the  LIHEAP Clearinghouse State Snapshots web page to check with your local agency to learn what changes may be occurring in your area.

Does my state allow for the online purchase of food for delivery using my SNAP benefits as payment?

Recently, some states have begun to allow authorized retailers to accept SNAP for online purchases for delivery. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. A SNAP beneficiary needs to pay delivery fees from another source such as savings or with an ABLE savings account debit card.

Learn more and find out if your state allows you to purchase food online for delivery with SNAP.

How can I find information on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in my state?

Learn more about whether TANF is available in your state, which qualifications make you eligible for assistance and how to apply.

Can an SSI recipient refuse to apply for unemployment compensation and the current $600 additional unemployment payment because they will lose their SSI and have to reapply once the payments stop?

Contact your SSA office to restart SSI when unemployment compensation stops.

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The Financial Resilience Center was developed by National Disability Institute with generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

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