Disability Benefits

We ensure people with disabilities receive the federal benefits they need to achieve financial stability, independence, and enhanced quality of life.


De Novo assists people with disabilities in gaining access to illegally or wrongfully denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We also represent individuals currently receiving benefits who have work-related overpayments.

Eligible clients receive direct representation in negotiations with government agencies, administrative hearings and appeals in court.

In addition to a monthly cash grant, eligibility for SSI and SSDI programs provides access to MassHealth or Medicare, and priority on housing waiting lists. Clients may also obtain benefits such as utility discounts, rehabilitative and educational services, transportation vouchers, and job training.

For more information on SSI/SSDI benefits, go to:

SSA Website

SSI/SSDI Benefits Overview

The Disability Benefits Unit serves low-income people living in Greater Boston. If you win your case, the Social Security Administration will pay De Novo fifteen percent of any retroactive award of SSI/SSDI benefits as attorney fees.

Get Legal Help

If you cannot work because of a physical or mental disability or if you have a child with disabilities, you or your child may be eligible for cash benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs.

To request legal assistance, contact our Intake and Referral Line at (617) 661-1010 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.