Can I Apply For Welfare Or Any Other Benefits?

Feb 3 2017 - 6:15am

Dear Larry...70 yr male in NYC. Recently come upon hard times
I get $750 in SS . Can I apply for welfare or any other benifits
I am 4 months behind in rent @$2200 per month. Im looking into Senior housing hard to find a place

Thanks so much/Abe

Hi Abe,

I'm sorry, but my only area of expertise is Social Security. If you are married now, or if you were widowed or married for more than 10 years and divorced, then you may qualify for additional Social Security benefits based on a spouse's work record.

It sounds like your Social Security benefit amount is close to the cut-off amount for qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a needs based program administered by Social Security. The state of New York also has a state supplement program that may be able to provide you with additional income. For more information on SSI and the NY state supplement program, refer to their websites: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/ & https://otda.ny.gov/programs/ssp/. I also found this website for the NYC Department For The Aging that appears promising: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dfta/html/benefits/resources.shtml.

Best, Jerry