How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that pays monthly to individuals who have a limited income or access to few resources.

To receive SSI, you have to meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 65 or older
  • Be totally or partially blind
  • Have a medical issue that prevents you from being able to work and is expected to a last at least 1 year or result in death

Other than that, SSI is not dependent on age and even children can qualify to receive it.

It’s important to note that not everyone gets the same amount financially each month. In fact, you may receive more if you reside in a state that adds additional money to your monthly SSI payment.

Where and who you live with also becomes a determining factor on how much financial support you can receive.

How to Determine Your Benefits

Your current income including the money you may receive from Social Security benefits, your pension, and the value of the items you get from others plays a key factor on how much you can get paid.

Another important factor taken into consideration is the accumulated value of what you own. In order to be eligible for SSI, you can not own things worth more than $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a married couple.

Please note, things like the house you own if you live in it as well as your car is NOT factored into this equation. Things like cash in your bank accounts, stocks and bonds are however.

You also must be a US resident or lawfully living in the United States to be qualified.

To receive SSI, it is mandatory that you also apply for Social Security benefits and any other applicable government benefits for which you may be a candidate for.

Generally, you can also get benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid if you end up qualifying for SSI. This means you will receive ongoing support for both food, doctors, and medical bills.

To apply for SSI online, you can start the process by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/forms/. However, if you find this process challenging or want to give yourself the best opportunity of getting approved, we always recommend that you connect with a lawyer experienced with helping people receive SSI. If you have a disability and can’t work, make sure to start the approval process right away and get the benefits you are entitled to receive.

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8 Responses
  1. Gary M Lamb

    I have Crohn’s disease and was diagnosed 4/17/94. I have multiple fusions in my neck 15 total.I need help with the filing process.

    1. National Disability Benefits

      Please take our short survey at https://nationaldisabilitybenefits.org/?aid=kr to see if you qualify and we can see what we can help you with.

  2. karrie hill

    I’m still working cause I have to cause I got bills to pay. Can you help me apply cause I have alot of pain issues and it is hard for me to go to work

    1. National Disability Benefits

      We can absolutely see what we can do to help you. Please take the short survey at https://nationaldisabilitybenefits.org/?aid=kr to get the process started.

  3. Donevre Salomon

    I am really in need cause the virus, but I do not meet the requirements: I am 62, not blind, and I do not have any medical issue.

  4. Grant DeBerry

    Yes, I would like more Help and Information with Social Security benefits, I am disable because of a medical illness and unemployed. My cost of Living is overwhelming and pushing me further indent.

  5. William Hamby

    Have a disability and talking about because of medicine! Love for some help please just can’t work with wines here in Napa valley California! Just can’t apporate computer and is dizziness and just can’t drive forklift

    1. National Disability Benefits

      Hi William,

      Please take our short survey at https://nationaldisabilitybenefits.org/?aid=kr to get the process started. That way we can see what we can help you with.

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