Limited Access to SSDI Causing Homelessness
5/24/2012Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments help injured workers afford housing when their disabilities prevent them from working.
According to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, almost half of all homeless people are eligible for SSDI payments, but the lengthy and intimidating application process prevents them from applying. Another problem with the SSDI system that is contributing to higher rates of homeless people who are not receiving SSDI is the lack of physicians available at health clinics. Most clinics provide nurse practitioners and other non-physician healthcare providers. To prevent fraud, the SSDI application process requires a diagnosis by a medical doctor, which homeless people have limited access to due to the current staffing system.
Although numbers have gone down over the past decade, there are still over 600,000 people living in shelters or on the streets, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most homeless persons could be receiving disability benefits that could get them off the streets. Working with a NC SSDI attorney at Brent Adams & Associates doesn’t require any out-of-pocket expense; our SSDI lawyers only get paid when our clients get paid. If the SSDI application process seems too confusing or your claim has been repeatedly denied, let a SSDI attorney at Brent Adams & Associates make the process easier for you. Call to schedule a no-cost review of your disability claim. 800.849.5931
Category: Social Security Disability
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