Archive | November, 2013

SOAR Program helps Chronically Homeless

Last Thanksgiving, Teddy Frederickson was living underneath a stairwell outside an abandoned house at 15th and Nun Streets. Instead of thinking about a turkey meal, he was focused on trying to decide what to shoplift next to pay for his heroin habit. “I was depressed. I thought life would never change and I would die like […]

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Thankful for Social Security

“I am grateful to Social Security, which made it possible for our family to avoid economic disaster when my father died of a second heart attack when he was 41.  I am thankful for all who came before and worked to make things better.” – Bill Black, associate professor of Economics and Law at the University […]

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Social Security Statistics on Beneficiaries

More than 10.1 million people were paid disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program in 2012, 2.5 percent of whom were disabled widows or widowers. According to the most recent report from the Social Security Administration, awards to 960,206 disabled workers accounted for 90 percent of awards to 1.06 million disabled beneficiaries. In December, […]

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Honoring Veterans

          On this Veterans Day, we salute those who have given a part of their lives to protect us all. Unfortunately in the process of doing that, many veterans do not come home the way they left.  Physical injuries can plague people for years, and no less significant are the psychological […]

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What Conditions Qualify You for Disability?

The Social Security disability program is America’s safety net. It includes the so-called “regular’ disability program (SSDI), the program that calculates benefits based on a work record within the past five years and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with no appreciable earnings record. SSI protects the very young, the homeless, the mentally ill – […]

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Cost of Living Increases Announced

This year, Social Security and SSI recipients will have a very small cost of living increase.  The release of the figure was delayed for a week by the recent government shut down. Social Security benefits for 2014 will rise 1.5 percent for 63 Million Americans in January, giving retired and disabled workers an average raise of […]

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