Take Action: Submit a Comment to End Rule Preventing SSI Participants From Getting Food They Need
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a lifeline of cash assistance –at a maximum amount of $914 per month – for millions of people who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or over, and have low incomes and limited resources.
However, woefully outdated and punitive financial rules mean SSI participants struggle to put food on the table. One such rule, the in-kind support and maintenance (ISM) rule, means that recipients can see their SSI checks cut by one-third (to $609 or less a month) if they get help from friends or family with paying rent or buying groceries. Not surprisingly, food insecurity rates are most prevalent among SSI recipients compared to recipients of other disability assistance programs.
Anti-hunger advocates can weigh in before Monday, April 17, to oppose one harmful aspect of the current ISM rule, as well as continue to advocate for broader improvements to SSI.