Jun 30, 2011

SSI Is Not Enough To Live On

From a fact sheet prepared by the Technical Assistance Collaborative:
People with disabilities who receive SSI [Supplemental Security Income] payments continue to be the nation’s poorest citizens. In 2010, the annual income of a single individual receiving SSI payments was $8,436 – equal to only 18.7% of the national median income for a one-person household and over 20% below the 2010 federal poverty level of $10,830. Since the first Priced Out study was published in 1998, the value of SSI payments compared to median income has declined precipitously – from 24.4% of median income in 1998 to 18.7% in 2010 – while national average rents have risen over 50% during the same time period. 
In 2010, as a national average, a person receiving SSI needed to pay 112% of their monthly income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit. In the 12 years since the first Priced Out was published, the amount of monthly SSI income needed to rent a modest one-bedroom unit has increased an astonishing 62 percent. People with disabilities were also priced out of smaller studio/efficiency units, which averaged 99% of monthly SSI.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

SSI = SUPPLEMENTAL security income. Supplemental implies that it is in ADDITION to other income. In other word, it SUPPLEMENTS.

SSI is not meant to replace income and it is not meant to provide a comfortable lifestyle or make them have average earnings. It was designed to help those in the most difficult financial situation.

Anonymous said...

And they also get food stamps, fuel assistance, WIC, free medical care, Section 8 and other housing subsidies, food from food banks and places like the Salvation Army, cash and services from local social services organizations, I could go on...

Anonymous said...

Dear could go on.. Please go on. Living high on the welfare hog - hope you or your significant others never have to live this way often at the whims of government paper pushers.

Anonymous said...

Move to Greece if you don't like it here.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:36 pm...of course no one wants to live on SSI and other govt. welfare programs.

However, but the point of anon at 12:45 is that the people who do get this type of assistance CAN live. These programs are NOT designed to replicate a middle class lifestyle, they are designed as a safety net to ensure people have basic needs met.

Anonymous said...

To ANON #3, the person who posted ANON#2 never claimed that living on government assistance was lucrative, comfortable, or enjoyable. However, the situation for a person on SSI and receiving all the additional benefits that often accompany it is better than the Priced Out Report portrays it. The situation is also much better than the individual who is actually working and making just enough to not qualify for any government assistance, but is barely scraping by because their earnings are not great and they actually have to pay a high rent, buy their own food out of pocket, pay their utilities, etc. Those are the individuals more deserving of sympathy.

Anonymous said...

Dear SSA regulation writers,

SSI RESOURCE LIMITS ARE JUST ANOTHER WAY TO DEGRADE THE DISABLED.

Anonymous said...

Let's think about this: A person can get a check from the govt after never working a single day in their life and they are going to complain about "it's not enough"?? Be glad you have enough to rent a room and get food stamps and medicaid. You certainly earned it everything you got..er,wait a minute.

Anonymous said...

"no one wants to live on SSI and other govt programs"??--wrong, wrong, wrong....over and over for decades we see people receiving large retroactive payments that they spend as fast as they can so they can stay on SSI. People scream about having to count a spouse or parent's income and get less or no SSI. They hide motor vehicles, jobs and bank accounts so they can get SSI and other assistance. Biggest myth in American society is that "no one" wants to get welfare. Take that $8000 plus and multiply it by three, four, five or six in a family getting SSI, and see what you get. I can't count the number of claimants who dress better than I do or have better cars than I do. "resource limit"?--give me a break. Sit down with the POMS and read the exclusions. Might want to get a couple of pizzas and a crate of snickers for while you're doing that.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see an increase in the SSI earned income exclusion. Seriously, $65 a month that hasn't changed since 1974? If SSI recipients want to improve their standard of living, let them earn and extra $250 per month by the sweat of their brow. Learn how good it feels to be able to work and see extra in your life because of your own efforts. Don't discourage work.

I was making $65 a month making milkshakes after school in 1974. Today I could make alot more in an after school job. RAISE THE EARNED INCOME EXCLUSION.

Anonymous said...

"People with disabilities who receive SSI [Supplemental Security Income] payments continue to be the nation’s poorest citizens."

given the resource limits, it should not be a surprise these people are the poorest citizens. duh.

Anonymous said...

9:09. $65 is the general earned income exclusion. Half of the remainding earnings are also excluded. If the person has no other income, then exclude $20 before excluding the $65.

300 (Earnings)
-20 (General income exclusion)
-65 (General earned income excl.)
215
107.50 (Exclude half remainder)
107.50 (Countable income and substracted from SSI payment)

Not overly generous, but still an incentive to work and a way to supplement the supplement.

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely example of manipulating statistics for PR effect. Compare SSI to median income, but then compare that number to rent based on inflation/real estate. How high has median income risen compared to rent? This is laughable from a logical or scientific perspective. Big number is bigger than totally unrelated small number = policy implications!!!!

Anonymous said...

Stop complaining about what you don't get and go to work so you can compete with the middle class who do work and possibly wont be able to collect on that income, because those who never worked are tired of dipping in it. If we want a better life, we work. People make up many times the excuse that they cant work because they are sick, next thing you know they are better than us health wise. I once interviewed someone that was in such pain that he could not walk unless he had a cane, well by the end of the interview I had to run after him because he forgot the cane (how ill can one be to forget what they SOOOO needed to live on).

Anonymous said...

Just so you know its not as easy as it sounds to get those things...especially section 8 more like section 0 since theres always several years of waiting and hours upon hours upon days upon months of sitting on cold floors at the social services building waiting for them to tell you what you CANT have

Anonymous said...

well I have been on ssi barely a year and a half, I get no food stamps, pay full rent, receive no assistance from anyone or any charity for my elec bill. I do however try to make the best of the medicaid that is offered to try to get better, and I battle constantly with the provider not paying for my medications that the doctors prescribe.

all in all there is no security in social security they want you to be scared, alone and poor.

kh said...

I will have to get a divorce, ssi will not allow me to have my benefits while my husband is working at a minimum wage fast food job with no overtime.

we can't make it now, we have no foodstamps or vehicle or get help with utilities. we have no children hence we are not important.

I fight constantly with my medicaid provider because they refuse the medication the the doctors prescribe for me to feel better.

I am 53 years old I will be homeless walking the streets starving and sick.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Many of the comments here are as one could possibly expect to see. First of all the name is deceiving. It's supplemental to what? People on SSI generally don't qualify for Social Security disability for reasons like lack of work history. The maximum SSI in NY State in 2014 is $808.00. You cannot pay rent even for the smallest efficiency apartment or studio in most parts of NY with that amount. EVEN with the other government programs, you still have to have a roof over your head. The only way to do this is to room. Guess what? In many if not most parts of NY even a room will take up most if not all of the money you get in SSI just to pay rent, and you likely have no security in where you live. Because the recipient gets SSI, they will not get maximum SNAP (foodstamps) benefits, which means you need some of the SSI to pay for food. With the high cost of food, SNAP runs out quickly, and you can still run out of funds between cash and SNAP after paying rent and bills. So, back to supplemental. Supplemental to what? If you are working, you get to keep the first $60 you make and half of the rest. If you make enough money you will earn your way out of SSI, which won't be supplementing anything. If you're working a certain amount of time, you will earn your way out of SSI, and it won't be supplementing anything. You will be right back in the same sad boat. People who comment should know what they're talking about.

Anonymous said...

you do not get food stamps even though SSI is non taxable/non countable income the only thing it affects is food stamps i went from no income being forced to live off my family and $183 in food stamps to $721 ssi and only $15 food stamps now if i were not living with my family and giving them all i received and tried to pay rent and utilities and food not to mention gas to get to the grocery store or paying someone to drive u there is no way most cities you can not find rent alone for $500 "In 2010, as a national average, a person receiving SSI needed to pay 112% of their monthly income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit. In the 12 years since the first Priced Out was published, the amount of monthly SSI income needed to rent a modest one-bedroom unit has increased an astonishing 62 percent. People with disabilities were also priced out of smaller studio/efficiency units, which averaged 99% of monthly SSI. "

Anonymous said...

I live on SSI because of heart failure. For me, SSI is not "supplemental"; it's all I have to live on. I've learned to live on the tightest budget, but the greatest difficulty is not being allowed to slowly save above the $2,000 limit.

I've never had credit, (not bad credit, just no credit) and so, I have to pay cash for everything. I have to buy old cars that keep breaking down.

If I was allowed to have more than $2,000 in savings, I could slowly get myself out of SSI. With the limit, I'll be on SSI until I die.

Anonymous said...

You can only make $87 a month or you lose your "supplemental " income. I am disabled and work isn't possible.

Anonymous said...

maybe some people qualify all sorts of combined benefits and its enough, but i don't. just ssi, and food stamps. even with food stamps, its not enough to afford rent.. never mind food.. i'm not trying to rip anyone off, i just want to survive, but even that seems like asking too much. i have no idea what i'm going to do.

Anonymous said...

I am almost of age to collect social security. I've read a few comments that say social security is just a supplement income....but I disagree or atleast it wasn't in the past.
All four of my grandparents worked every day of their lives. All of them relied on social security for when they retired and they did just fine and never needed anything extra. They were able to go out to eat now and then too.
Things have changed, big time. Now because of cost of living ect... Most retired people can not meet their bills.
It's sad that some people will have to work until they die.This will affect all of us in society. Some thing needs to change...back...

Anonymous said...

Um isn't the whole point being they are NOT ABLE to work? Some people were born with medical conditions and are never able to get a job because of these conditions which means they are not eligible for regular disability so they have to get SSI because they have not worked anywhere because THEY Couldn't!! Don't get me wrong as with anything in this world there are people receiving these benefits who really don't need them but a person who has never been able to work before having to live on just SSI can be difficult because it really is not that much money and I'm sure if many of them COULD work they WOULD. I'm not saying the government should pay them enough to be wealthy but definitely should pay these people enough to not have to scrape by month to month in a trailer park all because they are DISABLED

Anonymous said...

I receive social security benefits because I CANNOT work. I have not been able to work for most of my life.

I cannot live on the benefits money...It is not enough to pay rent and live. I Cannot buy basic necessities. My food stamps allowance was just cut in half! I cannot eat on the amount given.

I cannot work and receive DISABILITY.

The Govt. spends trillions on unnecessary wars and on the space program but does not take care of it's own people on planet earth!

Soon I will be homeless in the wealthiest country. Homeless and without enough money to eat for the month. Welcome to America.

Nosferatu said...

This thread of comments is by far one of the most outrageously laughable reads of my life.

A. I am on disability because I am "disabled". Many human beings can be disabled in some sort of fashion and are still very much able to work. However for some of us with truly debilitating disabilities it not only makes it extremely difficult if not unable to work but even if we went looking for work we would be excluded as many an employer would rather not take the risk.

B. Because of many factors most notably and important those who do take advantage of SSI benefits that can still work or the really fiendish people who would rather skate on the government's free ride do make it so much worse for us who do not only need SSI benefits to live but require them to.

C. I am hearing a lot of comments stating that being on SSI is seemingly somehow a ticket to other benefits such as Food Stamps and other resources but speaking from personal experience my whole life receiving benefits since I was a child I can certainly say this is not the case; at least not in most cases. I get SSI and because so my state does not allow me to get Food Stamps; and my mobility is so limited that I can not go out to the food bank any time I get hungry, instead I have to make do on the little benefits I do get from SSI.

D. Just because it's called Supplemental Security Income, you may assume it is supposed to supplement one's income but unless you aren't very bright and pardon the blunt, but two things that are very logical to understand here... One, the Government knows that the intended purpose of SSI is to support disabled citizens who cannot work and I repeat that CANNOT WORK... and two assuming you all know this; being on SSI we cannot work without our benefits being reduced. So how exactly is this supplemental in nature?

And just to garnish this little plate off; SSI benefits are not enough for anyone to live on, especially not the way most of us Americans were raised to live. You want us to be humble, grateful, and satisfied... Well many of us may be humble and even grateful but satisfied we are definitely not. I know many people in the same situation as I and I can say that we struggle very hard to live and survive each day with our disabilities, medical conditions, and the struggles of every day life. But we are usually much kinder, much brighter, and much more compassionate than the ones complaining that the people on SSI shouldn't complain. The difference is we are not complaining, we are standing up for ourselves and speaking out. Shame on those who take advantage of SSI, but even more shame on those that aren't on SSI and complain about something you aren't working to advocate or help with.

Anonymous said...

I wish the idiots who post moronic comments, about how great it is to live on SSI would try it. Those who say it's a great life are MORONS.

Anonymous said...

So many people have opinions but have no idea what the hell they're talking about. My parents worked their entire lives and lost everything in a fire. Both of my parents became disabled and cannot afford to breathe much less live high on the hog. If my parents could work they would because they've been doing so their entire lives... only one has been deemed disabled so they live on 700 and change and under $200 on food stamps...I supplement where I can and luckily they live in a trailer on family property..woohoo they're living large... My dad was an officer and my mom a teacher's assistant, they owned their own business and have worked since their teens...She can't bend a single joint on her body from crippling arthritis and he's so bent over from a back injury (FROM WORK) he can barely stand...but I can see how they are the monsters who are sucking on the governments dry...

Anonymous said...

Try get hit and run over by a car and left for dead .... I can't even afford to live . I get good stamps . but its only 81 bucks a month . I hate how people think of me like this . wish you guys that bitch about some people on ssi would see the real picture .

Anonymous said...

i get ssi for my disabilities i would work if i could. my ssi conditions for working is i cant work around people where do you find a job like that? i live with my mother and she was injured at work and tore her spinal cord and cant even recieve ssi. she has been working since she was 13 years old the only income in the house is $700 a month and a little in food stamps. it took us eight tries just to get food stamps. so me and my mother have to live on $700 a month im grateful we even have that but its not enough everyday we stress on how to make it. we have the house we inherited paid off but could the "working people" pay for what we have to and be happy on it. $700 we get to survive on, then if you subtract the electric bill which is $200 a month, you get $500 and then the water sewer trash is $120 so it leaves us $480, then we have to pay car insurance $105 we live in a small country town without a car your screwd no public transportation. this leaves $375, then gas here costs $20 a week just around town and there is 4-5 weeks each month so $100-$125 in gas a month, this leaves $$275-$250 left, then we have to pay $115 in internet through comcast that is the only internet provider in our small town that is just basic internet no cable or house phones which leaves $135 we have to have internet to try to look for work which is almost impossible everything is closing up here but you have to apply online, we cant use the library computers you only get 30 minutes a day to use it not enough time to fill out applications, dont forget household expenses like toilet paper, trash bags, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry soap, softner, dish soap approx $50 month so that leaves $85 then we have a dog and he has medical problems and has to go to the vet at least once a month to get pills $25 mont so that leaves$60 this doesnt include some of his vet visits when he gets sick, then we have our copays for meds for illnesses or my disabilities at $3 for my psychiatric meds a pop and $5 for inhaler thats $8 a pop and has to be got 2 times a month so $16 for copays so $60-16 = 44 which goes to dog food food stamps wont cover that we get $180 in combined foodstamps $180 for 2 people so thats 90 each for food for a whole month most of the food here is $5 for one item, that means only junk food forget healthy food its too expensive which means guess what health problems which lead to more copays or death if you cant afford the medicines copays or dr copays which are $2-$3 each. this also means no fun things you cant afford it, no eating out, no trips out of town, buying a shirt is a luxury my mom has the same clothes for 23 years and i have clothes that i still wear from middle school i am 23 now. i have a couple new pairs but i usually shop at walmart at $7.50 for a shirt and $15 for a pair of pants it is too high so every 3-4 months i can hopefully buy one if im lucky. i would like to see those people who complain about giving up some money to help others who cant legitamately work try to live on $700 for two people and thats it and see how well they do. i know people who have ssi and i see no problem with them at all they are just lazy this pisses me off! if i had even what is considered poverty level income i would shit myself i could make it ok

Anonymous said...

As disabled people we need to join together and try to petition for higher SSI wages...Enough to pay for basic rent and needs..we should not be forced into a lifetime of suffering and poverty..we need to come together as a united voice!! Nobody sick expects a free life of luxury, just a decent basic life amoung all the pain and sufffering! We must do something to get the word out and get the amount raised

Anonymous said...

PETITION PETITION PETITION!!

Anonymous said...

Demand Social Security Equality in payments for those ill and unable to work!! We should be entitled to a standard thats above poverty level!!

Anonymous said...

Petition petition petition

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that rent alone may actually exceed your entire check, which can mean death in some places if you are alone. Sure there are some abusers of the system, but I can see why some families choose to hide resources to keep the max SSI payments; they need it to pay rent, utilities, and food, all while still being broke after the first week or so each month.

My Wife's SSi is getting dropped again due to COLA, which is ridiculous. Every time we get a COLA increase, her SSI goes down by that much, which makes her Food stamps go up, which makes SSI go down by that much again (Food stamps only adjust once during the COLA increase, thank god). Now here's the fun part: her SSI is going to be like $525 a month now, food stamps is at $130 a month, and my VA Disability is at $976.13 a month (that's 50% with spouse and child). Seems like a nice amount, and it could be in many areas. Not ours!

Rent alone is $700 a month,
electricity is $130,
Water is $70,
sewer is $30,
Garbage (and forced recycling) is $32,
internet is $40,
car is $290 a month (luckily had a cosigner),
insurance is $76 a month
toiletries is about $40 a month

So, income is about $1500 a month, and $130 towards food. Subtract the necessities of living ($1408), and we are nearly in the red already, before we even eat. now we only have $100 cash and $130 for eating for the whole month! some couples might be able to kinda eat on this budget, but we also have a 4-year-old son! Oh snap! Now we have to drive to doctor's appointments for my disability treatments, My wife's constant illness and issues, and our son's required stuff to boot, plus we have to drive him to pre-school 4 times a day and back, buy new clothes everytime he grows (which is very often), and we don't even have money for it. We don't even have phones anymore because we can't afford to have them, and the internet goes next, which is the only way to look for or obtain a job around here since nobody wants to accept a good ol' fashioned resume or application at the workplace anymore. library is out because the school kids are always there (especially ditchers) playing games and killing the ability to look for a job.

I did manage to find a couple jobs, but they never want to hire someone with medical problems... go figure. If this keeps up any more, the car is going to get sold and my son will not go to school, so he will end up perpetuating the cycle for himself. What might help is if the SSA would stop deducting my VA disability from my wife's SSI and let us live, albiet very poorly, but still live. I can only imagine how bad things will get when our rent gets increased on us again, gas goes back up, or the price for food starts climbing again. Our situation is so bad that I give up meals of my own so they can eat decently each day, and I don't use OTC meds anymore because they drain what little we might have.

I guess the gov't should be glad that people like us can't afford to off ourselves and be done with it... oh wait, they might be ok with that.

We hate being disabled, it sucks. I wish I could get my job back, I miss putting my life on the line for a decent wage! At least if I died on that job I'd get buried! It sickens me that I just recently instructed my wife on how to pass me off on the city when I die so she and my son can continue to live a bit longer without going into debt! Some country we live in...

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear that you were a victim of such a terrible tradgedy! I would say God bless you, but I am not so sure anymore that there is such a being. Maybe there is, and he just doesn't care! Anyhow, just take one day at a time, and try to smile! Things could get better, and things could be worse, diabetes,cancer, heart diease. Wish I could give you a hug, so here is one posthumously,'Huggggg'!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope God gives you the shoes of an S.S.I. Benfactor, to walk in, if only temporarly!

miserable said...

I have ssi and need to go to the salvation army,am i obligation to tell them will they take away my ssi i dont want that to happen what will happen if i dont tell them or do

Anonymous said...

In many places, like here in my Staten there IS NO section 8 available to most people. If you are depending on having rent help, good luck because there is none for most people out here.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that's not true at all. Many people worked for years before becoming diabled. Your bigotry and ignorance shows so clearly. SSI despite the name is not supplemental, meaning they take half your payment after the first $65, but 3 months later! That means when you work and then your disability kicks in and you're now out of work, you get to look forward to a lower payment even when you are not working! That can go on for months! Nobody can afford to live on $808/month when they don't have their own place. Even a room often costs $500 or $600/monah and up! Big cities may have rates like $175/week for a ROOM! That is shared facilities, and often in a less than safe and clean area! I've seen rooms in places with roaches in the hall and thong panties hanging on the door knob! Scary!

Anonymous said...

To whom it may concern,

So many of you people who are not on disability don't understand the situation many of us go through. I was working for many years. I had a good job making good money. I had been in a lot of pain for many years, but thought it must be associated to getting older. As time went my pain got worse. One day I realized my pain was way too severe to be normal. This was mainly because my boss noticed my performance had began too suffer and she knew something was wrong. Because of her concern, I went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with nerve damage among other things because of something as simple as B-12 deficiency. Unfortunately my condition had gotten so advanced it had become permanent. I was forced to leave my job. Not by my boss, but by her bosses. I continued trying to work for a few more years after that, but never made the money my wife and I had made before. Eventually, my pain had gotten so bad that my performance was unacceptable in my eyes. I went to doctors and did everything I could to continue working, only that was not going to continue happening. I had no choice, but to leave work and go on disability.
Today I am about to loose everything. All my savings is gone. I can not get food stamps. I can not get help with any of my finances: Like house payment, food stamps, house hold bills, medical bills, electric bills, Medical insurance or anything else that I could afford before I got sick.
This message is for all you idiots out there who think that people like me choose to be here, not that we are here by no chose of our own. What most of you can do in a day, it probably takes me a month and that's only if I try very hard.

P.S.
Please don't hate us all because of the few that want to be on disability. Some of us have no choice but to be!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the person who said "SSI = SUPPLEMENTAL security income. Supplemental implies that it is in ADDITION to other income. In other word, it SUPPLEMENTS. " obviously does not understand what SSI is. if you have other income they will rip your SSI away. since you are disabled (like me...I'm on SSI) you cannot work at a job, and if you did they would punish you for doing so by reducing your SSI or taking it away from you. I suffer much pain and have little energy ... it takes me all day to do simple tasks others take for granted like having a shower, cooking a meal, washing the dishes. because I have to take lots of breaks to rest it takes me 4 times as long to do things as others. i wish i could work. i have tried to take on jobs and was punished everytime. if you make money they slap you down, you have to go through interviews and paperwork that is stressful and causes much anxiety. its best not to make any efforts in regards to a job.

Anonymous said...

Your a dumb ass. You think it's so easy, hope you don't ever become disabled.. ..

Anonymous said...

I am not on Disability. However I assist both my autistic cousin and autistic friend with their SSI. Individually, neither would be able to afford comfortable living. And while this is sad, I have found it to be beneficial to both of them to live together. I will not say life is perfect. However, life is better for both of them. I suggest to all who feel helpless, find a roomate now this might not fix everyones problem as each persons situation is different, but it should help some folks. I am currently working towards the two of them purcasing a home with FHA. It takes some work, and its way to stressful but if you work at it you might be able to sqeeze a weebit out of it.

Anonymous said...

I COMPLETELY AGREE

Anonymous said...

lets see if:
typical rent is 600.
utilities for one peson is about 150.
car insurance and gass for a month is about 100.
food for one person for a month is about 100.(and thats low). all that adds up to 950$ wich is over 200 more than the ssi monthly payments and the reason people cant afford places to live. HUD would be helpful if all the waiting lists were not closed. and foodstamps wont hlep me because i make to much eventyouh i make several thousand dollars less than their income limit. the food bank in my town gives you a weeks worth of discusting food and wont let you come back to get more food for 2 months. so yea livin on ssi is a struggle and if i could work i would be healthy and wouldnt be on ssi and none of this would matter.

Anonymous said...

Yes, agree Petition !!! Im tired and had enough of Ssi restrictions and put us all under pov level.. Stresses and worry how to live
..700 not enough for one month..most worker get 500 weekly more than our ssi paid..not allow to save over 2,000 that cant get real home or real dream home and yard...Only Apts

Anonymous said...

I have had a severe mental disability since I was 15 years old. I had been locked up in a mental asylum and know what its like to live in fear. Neither the Public nor our Government give sympathy towards people with my illness. I live on SSI and I'm almost starved to death. I've contemplated suicide but I wont tell anyone. I'm tired off living in fear and set astray from normal living because I'm poor. I would almost wish I was born 60 years ago so I could live in one of those Mental Hospitals so i could under go a quick lobotomy (at least i wouldn't have to live so close to homelessness)- think about it...

I'm currently at the top of my class with an AAS and going on to a bachelors with a 3.5. However, I find it extremely unlikely to find a Job and that scares me. I had ran into a friend who went to collage for 8 years or so with a bachelors and ... no jobs. I'm young and in this case on SSI with a mental disability and have no choice but to pray that higher education will help but I fear it won't.

What are my choices here? Suffer with my low income (SSI) or go through a strenuous 8 year degree program so I can maybe kinda get a Job? After the US government pays an enormous amount to put my butt through school? LOL! I did a little research and in my field of study the chances of getting a Job after graduation where so low my professor was embarrassed and didn't even want to say how bad it was. 2% after an AA?- that's bad; really bad. I don't know how bad it is in other parts of the States but, they have been trying to drop the degree program for GA where I live. Waste of time and money if you ask me. To bad it's against the law for me to be a Nurse; I know I'm smart enough- I could have done that...

I hope you all stop arguing here and tell your story; where I'm from its called a Troll.

BettorOffSingle said...

Folks:

Please e-mail me at LeModernCaveman@aol.com regarding a movement I'm starting to bring SSI payments above the poverty level. I believe this can be done through the courts, and if not there, certainly through the media.

I am on SSDI myself and see many legal flaws with the system, but there is strength in numbers. Please contact me and I will amass a movement which will change this country.

Ray Gordon

Anonymous said...

i was disabled at 13 from a drunk driver is a car he didn't own. i wasn't put on s.s.i. till i was 20 or something but applying for all these programs like food stamps heat assistance among other things is really hard to coordinate i had a sever brain injury blood clot on the brain broke bone and chest back and neck damage that went unnoticed by saying i was fine the first time at cooper...then sent to chop and it was discoovered but chest back neck werent major enough to them i hurt live month to month sign contracts to live for a year heating providers with money for assistance food stamps yada yada then all of a sudden get denied cause i haven't been going to the doctors on a reg basis cause there is nothing they can do so whats the point of going.. its wasting money to repeat the same horrible trip already knowing the answer but to be denied in 10 days appealing atm right now lawyer cost 2.5k now im basically in limbo for a year and if i get denied by the d.h.o. i have to pay back the money for two months not to mention the lawyer 2.5k and the contracts im going to have to break dead in the water and go live with my parents my father is a drunk and a a**hole after surgery and on the trip home slapped me on my fresh brain surgery scar with stitches in it cause i was tired and wanted to lay down in the back seat. disabled permanently. brains dont heal and bones that are bent out of place cause pain on a wake up to lay down everyday isnt fun im kinda applauded how first glance by the med examiner im fine because he dont have proper med records to evaluate me which i doubt he can do he isnt a neurologist to begin with the examine is prone to fraud from what i went through other then med records supplying the information. i cant stand people anymore to the point i dont even want to go outside and if i do its for a bottle of whiskey to numb the pain and suffering i go through everyday. i cant drive at all due to complete fear of vehicles and being a passenger sometimes ill take a ride sometimes i just tense up. being on s.s.i. isnt fun at all and is below poverty im lucky to have paper towels napkins and stuff / cloths the only person to help me do stuff is my mom she has been my greatest help in my life her back was broken in a car accident my brother was killed by a car hit just like me on a bike wawa wouldnt release their tapes to catch the individuals. selling drugs would provide 5 times the amount s.s.i. would learned that from being transferred to a school because i was bringing down the districts gpa put in a school that was basically filled with drug dealers or steal your shit juveniles.

Anonymous said...

are worked all my life I'm 65 I have a colon cancer heart condition bleeding on sir now on top of that I have glaucoma how can I live on $500 a month after taxes on SSI and no one told me does SSI was a supplemental income known that I would have if I would have been younger going to another country what the government should do now is invest my money maybe Payment I'll pay me out and also invested so I can at least was comfortable and don't live on the street and I saw a homeless person I have one year to make this right I don't have a higher power job I'm a widow and then it's embarrassing for this country that old people cannot live comfortable they have to work until they drop.

Ch Te said...

Obviously the people who criticize this posts' contents or the people it effects believe that poor people should just be killed off because they simply 'leech from the system.'

They are most likely the people who thought the Vietnam War was righteous; they want more troops in Iraq or Iran, they want us to assist Israel, they want more troops for the 'war [of] terror.'

However to kill off the world's poor population would mean destroying more than half of the world's inhabitants; your middle class is actually a minority, and the %0.1 percent who actually benefit have only done so through thievery and manipulation.

The poor exist to scare the upper classes into advocating this imbalanced system; to give then something to hate, besides the criminals above them.

Unfortunately colonialism and neocolonialism are the culprits; they have caused the great wealth discrepancies that we see worldwide, with a billion people STARVING, while Americans use exponential resources for their 'comfort.'

All of this was researched and written on under $10k a year. None of it would be taught in 'school.'

And given where all the wealth of the greatest nations came from (thievery), soon this imbalance will correct itself: those at the top severely afflicted by avarice will never choose otherwise.