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Legal Services Community Works to Get SSI Payments for Eligible Californians

Saturday, December 10, 2016

As cities like San Francisco struggle to fight homelessness, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) represents a critical pot of money that can help save people from the streets while significantly relieving local budgets.

But across California, thousands of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing are not enrolled in SSI even though they are likely eligible because of a disability, including mental illness. The federal government's rigid review procedures — and the difficulty people with disabilities have applying — mean tens of millions of dollars remain in Washington instead of getting to those who could use it to steady their lives.

The San Francisco Chronicle explores this issue as part of its "Beyond Homelessness" series, citing the work of several California legal services offices to alleviate the problem.

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