Top Questions from Applicants about Eligibility for SSI

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Lawyers

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides funds for low-income, disabled individuals who have limited resources, are blind, or a certain age. Many people get SSI and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) confused. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect when applying for SSI in Surprise, AZ.

What Does SSI Provide?

People who qualify for SSI benefits receive cash each month to cover their basic needs. The money can be used to buy food, clothing, and to cover rent or mortgage costs.

How Much Money Do Individuals Receive?

SSI money is awarded to children and adults. Adults on SSI, as of 2021, receive an average monthly payment of $586. The SSI payments are slightly higher for children, averaging about $695 a month per eligible child.

What Are the Requirements to Receive SSI?

To receive SSI benefits, the applicant must meet at least one of the following requirements:

Aged 65 or older

Have an illness or medical disability lasting for longer than a year that prevents one from working

Have an illness or medical disability that prevents one from working and will result in death

Be completely or partially blind

Can Applicants Receive SSI and SSDI Benefits?

Fortunately, eligible applicants can qualify for both types of benefits. The benefits are paid out concurrently, meaning the applicant gets the awarded amounts at the same time.

Understanding the details of SSI eligibility isn’t always straightforward. Contact Slepian Smith, PLLC to learn more about SSI in Surprise, AZ.