Look at the Faces of the Homeless

In my years at Social Security, I have worked with many homeless people and I am often surprised when they tell me about their lives before they were homeless. One of these homeless men had been a world champion boxer. There was a former police officer. Another was a TV weather personality. I remember a man who had been a chemist for a major corporation— he had a big salary just a couple years before I met him when he was homeless. … These individuals all had good jobs at one time—now they were homeless…Living on the streets is a perilous life style but homeless people usually have no choice.

Some homeless people might qualify for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
but they need to apply. You can help a homeless person apply for benefits through organizations you belong to—your church, community association or fraternal group.

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