Thursday, March 17, 2011

SSI/SSDI Application Assistance

Need help applying for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance?

The SSI Ohio Project, administered by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), helps individuals 18 and older who are dealing with homelessness and/or mental health issues apply for SSI and SSDI and other benefits.

For assistance in the Akron area, contact:

Community Support Services Inc.
Specialist: Twanette Pinkerton
150 Cross Street
Akron, Ohio 44311
By appointment only

To find other specialists in Ohio, click here and check the SSI/SSDI box on the upper right.

Another good resource in our area for help with disability information and assistance is the Tri-County Independent Living Center in Akron.  Tri-County provides information on disability benefits, housing modifications, durable medical equipment, and many other pertinent programs and services.  Call 330-762-0007.

It is common to be denied the first time you apply for SSI/SSDI.  You must file a written appeal within the time limit specified (typically 60 days from the date you receive their letter) in order to receive further consideration.  If you need assistance filing an appeal and cannot afford an attorney, contact Community Legal Aid.  The attorneys at Legal Aid are very knowlegeable about SSI/SSDI appeals, and can help you navigate the sometimes complex appeals process. 

To read more about the appeals process, click here.

Military service members can sometimes receive additional assistance through the Wounded Warriors Program, including expedited processing of claims.  These benefits are different from those offered by the Department of Veterans Affiars.  A separate application should be filed with Social Security.  For help with these and other claims, contact the Summit County Veterans Service Commission.

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