Denial of SSDI benefits perpetuates homelessness, says study

According to a new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the difficult process of proving disability has prevented thousands of homeless people from getting off the streets.

The study claims that about 40 percent of homeless people are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, but only 14 percent actually receive the benefits. A major barrier preventing them from receiving financial help is the strict regulations as to who is allowed to provide a diagnosis.

Only a doctor’s diagnosis can be used to apply for disability, but most health clinics for the homeless are staffed by physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. The report suggests that allowing more health care professionals to diagnose medical conditions for disability applications can reduce homelessness.

If you need helping learning how to apply for Social Security disability benefits, contact the Social Security attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.