SSI is Also a Resource for Seniors
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is most commonly thought of as a needs-based program that pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities. However, SSI can also provide benefits to seniors who do not have disabilities, providing a much needed income for those who don’t have enough work credits of coverage to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Learn more about SSI eligibility requirements.
WIOA from a Disability Perspective
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers, with and without disabilities, to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training and career services. NDI's LEAD Center is offering a four-part webinar series titled, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective," to inform the field on aspects of WIOA that present new opportunities for job-seekers and workers with disabilities.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities
Are you a person with a disability, partnering with a disability organization or interested in learning about tax highlights that could benefit individuals with disabilities and their families? Check out the IRS publication 907 Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities specifically related to tax preparation for 2014. This informative document provides important information on healthcare, income, tax credits, business tax incentives, dependent care credits and other pertinent information for individuals with disabilities and those who care for them.
The Effectiveness of State Financial Education Mandates
According to findings of a recent report released by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, if a rigorous financial education program is carefully implemented, it can improve the credit scores and lower the probability of delinquency for young adults. The study specifically looked a three states that have financial education mandates for high school students: Georgia, Idaho and Texas.
Meeting Clients’ Homeownership Needs
Do you have clients interested in owning a home? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has home purchase counselors who can help individuals qualify for matched savings, grants and low interest mortgages. The application process allows for improving credit and, within 10 months, clients may be in their own home. To learn more, visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm and select your state for process of application.
ABLE Resource Center Holds First Meeting
Following the signing of the ABLE Act into law, NDI established the ABLE Resource Center, a group of like-minded organizations committed to promoting a consistent voice in the development of federal regulations and helping states establish ABLE account programs. On Friday, February 6th, NDI and 15 other national disability organizations met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current status of federal and state implementation efforts. Learn more by reading our recent ABLE Resource Center article.
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