trying to live off their disability/SSI. The only help she has is Medicaid.

My sister is 43. She has always been considered a slow learner and could never hold down a job. She does not drink or do drugs ever. She has 2 severely autistic twin sons that are 22. She also has a daughter that will be 18 soon. She is the only full time care giver and they are trying to live off their disability/SSI. The only help she has is Medicaid. The 2 adult children receive disability. About $750 per month each. Since she doesn’t get heat, electric, rent, food assistance, she is afraid to apply in fear losing the disability/ssi they receive. The father of all 3 does not work. He is on disability. Due to the charges he may be facing for raping his own daughter he isn’t helping the family. My sister has filed for divorce. I am blessed and do not know how about assistance. No one answers the phone. How can I help her find out if there are additional assistance without affecting the 2 adult men’s money from Disability/SSI?

A) It’s understandable that your sister may be hesitant to apply for additional assistance programs out of fear of reducing the disability/SSI payments for her two sons with autism. However, there may be other programs and resources available for her and her family that could help them meet their basic needs.

One option is to reach out to local non-profits or social service organizations that provide assistance with food, housing, and other basic needs. These organizations may have information about programs that can help without affecting disability/SSI payments. Your sister can also contact the Social Security Administration, which administers the disability and SSI programs, to ask about other assistance programs that she may be eligible for.

Additionally, it may be helpful for your sister to speak with a social worker or an attorney who specializes in public benefits law. They can evaluate her specific situation and provide guidance on the best course of action for her and her family.

Lastly, as a family member, you can provide emotional support and assistance with navigating the system. You may also be able to connect your sister with resources or organizations in your area that can provide assistance.

I hope this information is helpful, and I wish you and your family the best of luck during this difficult time.

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