Senior citizens are some of the most vulnerable individuals in society. Social Security is one of the few programs operated by the federal government which is aimed at financially helping the elderly. However, it seems that millions of elderly people are currently living in poverty without any financial help from the federal government. Although many in Pennsylvania are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they are not receiving these benefits.
SSI is different from what is known as disability benefits. Despite being operated by the Social Security Administration, the SSI program does not fund benefits through Social Security taxes that are paid by workers. Instead, SSI is funded via income taxes from businesses as well as individuals. In order to be eligible for SSI, one must either be over the age of 65, disabled or blind.