Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that is in place across the country with the intent to help those in financial need. SSI is available for those with very limited assets and resources.
If you are someone you know is struggling to cope financially because of their inability to earn a meaningful income, it is important that the benefits and eligibility requirements of SSI are fully understood. The following are some common questions about SSI benefits.
Who is eligible for SSI?
To qualify for SSI benefits, you must be unable to work because of situations that are beyond your control, for example, because of your age or your disability. Those over the age of 65 are eligible to apply, as are those of any age who suffer from blindness or another disability. SSI is a needs-based program, therefore income and assets (in addition to age or disability) will be taken into account in the application process.
Are food benefits included?
Those who qualify for SSI benefits in California may also be eligible for CalFresh, which helps those with a low income to be able to afford fresh and nutritious food.
How are payment amounts calculated?
The amount that you will be paid through SSI will depend on whether you are aged, disabled or blind. Whether you are living independently or in care will be taken into account, as well as whether you are single or a couple.
It is important that those who are eligible for SSI take action to gain the benefits that they deserve. If you want to help someone gain SSI benefits, you should conduct further research into the law so that you have a good understanding of their rights.