Getting Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits

Overview Of Benefits That Can Be Supplementary To Social Security Disability: Supplemental Security Income

Don’t limit your monthly benefits to Social Security disability; like many disabled individuals, you may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Eligibility for simultaneous SSI and SSDI hinges on your current income and your history as a taxpayer.

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides funds for people who suffer from certain disabilities and who have little to no income. Supplemental cash income helps seniors and disabled individuals cover essential needs such as clothing, shelter, and food.

Who Qualifies?

If you are over the age of 65; if you legally reside in the United States; and if you have limited income and resources (under $2,000 for a single person and under $3,000 for an individual along with his or her spouse), you are most likely eligible for SSI. Blind and physically disabled individuals also qualify. Concurrent SSI and SSDI benefits are particularly common for those who receive minimal SSDI payments.

How Much Assistance Could I Get?

Depending on your current income and living conditions, you may be eligible to receive the monthly maximum amount of approximately $733 for one individual and $1,100 for a couple. Eligibility for maximum benefits is most likely if you currently pay your own room and board. If you live in someone else’s home, and if you only pay a portion of the costs for living arrangements, your benefits could be reduced by as much as one-third.

How Do I Apply for Benefits?

Apply for Supplemental Security Income in person at your local Social Security office; or call in advance to arrange for an appointment. Seek legal counsel to handle any challenges you encounter with the process.

Interested in supplementing your Social Security disability benefits with Supplemental Security Income? Contact Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP to get started.


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