Surviving to Thriving: Benefits Advocacy


Developed by Steve Shober, Nicole Clevenger, Patrick E. Boyle, and Paul M. Kubek

This poster features tips to help people make informed choices about benefits and work. Promote employment and housing stability among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Display this poster in your workplace. Designed for a variety of housing services:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

Why Benefits Advocacy?

Stable housing gives people who are living with mental illness and addiction a foundation to succeed in recovery. Employment contributes to stable housing, but concerns and misconceptions about benefits often prevent people from pursuing work. It is important to help people find accurate information so they can make informed choices. The way you respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their housing stability and employment success.

We also offer a smaller version, 8.5x11”, to distribute to individuals, as well as a 5x11" reminder card that provides tips about three commonly used benefits programs:

  • SSI | Supplemental Security Income
  • SSDI | Social Security Disability Insurance + Work Incentives
  • Medicaid

Download by 18x24” poster.
Download the 8.5x11” mini poster.
Download the 5x11” reminder card.