Reneto Wilkins, a senior living in Washington, D.C., nearly became homeless when he lost his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for two months. Why was he cut off? He was trying to save for a winter coat and exceeded the unrealistically low asset limit to receive benefits. This was a life-threatening event for Reneto who lives with several chronic illnesses and relies entirely on his SSI income to survive.
Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown took a stand for Reneto and millions of our country’s low-income older adults and introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089). Join forces with NSCLC and Senators Warren and Brown by supporting our continued advocacy to improve SSI.
“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” said Senator Warren.
The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089) is a bill that will provide much needed updates to the SSI program – such as increasing the asset limit from $2,000 to $10,000 – that would allow seniors like Reneto to save for emergencies like a home or car repair and make it easier for all low-income seniors to get the support and assistance they desperately need. A version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1601) by Representative Raul Grijalva last year.
“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families, but inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors,” said Senator Brown.
Please support NSCLC’s advocacy with an online donation today. Your contribution will allow us to continue to work with Senators Warren and Brown and Representative Grijalva to get Congress to improve the SSI program.
Standing together, we can improve the economic security of millions of poor seniors.
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