What You Need to Know About SSI
Your eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income cash assistance, or SSI, is determined by the Social Security Administration. Children as well as adults are eligible to receive SSI. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen or living in the U.S. legally, and be 65 or older, or disabled, or blind. According to Florida Department of Children and Families, a total 484,000 aged, blind and disabled individuals across Florida were qualified for SSI as of December 2011. The largest percentage of SSI recipients —more than 233,000—was between the ages of 18 and 64. Approximately 14.5 percent of working age people with disabilities in Florida received SSI, according to the 2007 American Community survey. Many recipients were rejected initially, but eventually received benefits with the help of a skilled SSI benefits lawyer.
SSI is an income-based program available to individuals who did not pay money into the Social Security system. Whether you qualify for Supplemental Security Income depends on the amount of income, Social Security benefits and pensions that you receive each month. If you are married, Social Security counts part of your spouse’s income in determining whether you qualify. The types of resources that count in determining whether you qualify for SSI include real estate other than the house you live in, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds. Social Security does not count the home you live in or the land it is on. When determining your income level, the government also does not consider: