Like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program funded by tax revenues. SSI benefits are intended to provide financial assistance for basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter for low-income individuals from vulnerable populations, such as those 65 or older, the blind, and those with disabilities. Certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to receive SSI benefits. If you need help filing for SSI benefits, or if your application has been denied, Schott Law is here to assist you.
Whether or not you qualify to receive SSI benefits depends on your income and your resources. Income can come from money earned as wages, pensions, or other Social Security benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Married applicants will also have part of their spouse’s income and resources counted in regard to SSI qualifications. U.S. residency requirements must also be met, and those living in rest homes, halfway houses, or jail or prison may be ineligible to receive SSI assistance. However, every case is different, so it’s important to contact our knowledgeable legal team to discuss your specific situation.
When you complete and submit your SSI application, you must have various completed documents and information available. These include your Social Security card, birth certificate, information about the place in which you live (including your lease and landlord’s name, if applicable), payroll records, insurance policies, checkbook or other papers that show your bank information, and the names and contact information of doctors, clinics and hospitals that have helped you regarding your disability. When we meet with you, we’ll make sure that you understand the importance of gathering and organizing these documents so that the application process goes as smoothly as possible.
Navigating the SSI application process can be overwhelming and intimidating. At Schott Law, our team is prepared to offer you compassionate legal guidance at every step of the process, making sure you feel informed and reassured along the way. Don’t hesitate to seek the benefits you need—make an appointment with us today.