If you currently receive help from the government, whether in the form of Supplemental Security Income or Social Security disability payments, you might feel thankful that you can pay any bills. However, for many people, it sometimes feels like it is not enough, and they have trouble paying some recurring utility bills. If this describes you, know that you could get more financial help for specific bills, but you will need some proof.
Living in a cold climate, such as a state that regularly receives snow in the winter, can be expensive. Keeping the house heated is particularly important if you are older or have certain disabilities, but it can be hard to pay heating costs. Most states offer some assistance for the energy bill, but they usually require proof of income. If your only source of money is a Social Security program, you might wonder how to prove anything.
Fortunately, the SSA website makes it quite easy. However, as you may notice, winter is arriving rather soon, which means you should obtain your proof of income as soon as possible so you can get energy assistance today. To do so, look on the left-hand side of the homepage of the SSA website, click on "What you can do online," and then the "If you get benefits" link. You should see the "Request a Proof of Income letter" option.
Be aware of the following facts before you request a Proof of Income letter:
To avoid delays in getting your energy bill paid, or regarding any other issue for which you need a Proof of Income letter, request it as soon as possible. While the hours during which you may request it online are limited, you can typically request it early in the morning until late at night, depending on the day.
If you, or your loved one, are suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, you should contact a Social Security Disability advocate immediately to learn about your rights and determine eligibility. The process of securing Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be difficult and overwhelming. Don't go it alone! The disability advocates at LaVan & Neidenberg, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL understand the inner workings of the Social Security Administration and will help you navigate the system. Call us today for a FREE consultation - 1-888-234-5758.
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