REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE PROGRAM
Serving 640 individuals in 2013, the Representative Payee Program provides bill paying and case management services to people in the community who are unable to manage their own financial affairs. Staff assists clients in developing a budget for payment of rent, utilities, living supplies, food and other necessities. Clients are primarily referred from Social Services, Veterans Administration and Rescue Mission programs.
The program is also ready to assist people seeking assistance on their own. The staff assists clients by helping them with:
· developing a budget,
· payment of rent, utilities, living supplies and food or other needs,
· collaborating with other community services to insure that they
are living in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
A Story of Hope
Margaret was living in a home in Oriskany that had no utilities, running water. She became one half owner when her father passed in February. She was referred to us by Adult Protective due to number of calls from Oriskany police. The original plan was for rep-payee only as they thought her problem was only money management. Upon visiting the home, Rosa decided it would be best to have Margaret relocate closer to Utica.
When she moved, her SSI benefit stopped as SSA saw the house as an asset. It took almost 2 months to come up with proof that her ½ share of the current value of the home was an asset after all liens were resolved. Many Utica agencies were involved in helping her settle including buying furniture and other necessities. Her SSI issues was resolved and she is doing much better living at Historical Apartments.
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