One in 6 residents in Hawai’i relies on Social Security benefits. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, many of the elderly recipients live on the borderline of poverty and homelessness and need public assistance.
“I live on less than 10-thousand a year.”
Barbara Armentrout receives 775 dollars a month in social security disability benefits.
“And it’s hard. People don’t realize you’re one accident away from being on work comp, not having enough credits and getting on something for the rest of your life. And then you have to live like that and it’s hard.”