Supplemental Security Income In Florida

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SSI Lawyers Serving Tampa, Holiday, Miami, St. Petersburg, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs and Surrounding Areas. If you are aged, disabled or blind and have a limited work history, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits. The SSI program makes monthly cash payments to aged, blind and disabled individuals who have limited incomes and few financial resources.

The Supplemental Security Income benefits lawyers at Disparti Law Group, P.A., have helped disabled individuals in Florida obtain SSI and other disability benefits for 30 years.

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:

  • The first $20 a month of most income you receive;
  • The first $65 a month you earn from working and half the amount over $65;
  • Food stamps;
  • Shelter from private nonprofits; and
  • Most home energy assistance.

As a single individual, you may qualify for SSI if your resources are worth $2,000 or less. A married couple may obtain SSI if their resources total no more than $3,000. Florida’s SSI statistics reveal that:

  • Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, had 29,645 blind and disabled individuals receiving SSI.
  • Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, had 16,813 blind and disabled individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Security Income program.
  • Pasco County, which includes Holiday, a suburb of Tampa and St. Petersburg, had 8,482 blind and disabled individuals receiving SSI.
  • Miami-Dade County had 78,543 blind and disabled individuals enrolled in SSI.
  • Sarasota County, which includes Sarasota, had 3,439 blind and disabled individuals receiving SSI.
  • Charlotte County, which includes Port Charlotte, had 2,047 blind and disabled individuals enrolled in SSI.
  • Lee County, which includes Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, had 8,565 blind and disabled individuals qualified for SSI.
  • Collier County, which includes Naples, had 2,154 blind and disabled individuals receiving SSI.

Whether you are in Tampa, Holiday, Miami, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Naples or Bonita Springs, one of our Florida disability attorneys is ready to assist.

What Are The Attorney Fees?

Attorney fees in SSI cases are based on a percentage of any sum recovered, with a maximum fee amount established by the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration must approve any attorney fee requests. If our Social Security Disability lawyers agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if you recover money on your claim.

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