Social Security Income (SSI)
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal income supplement program designed to help the elderly, and the disabled, including children who have limited income or have no resources at all. This benefit is funded by general tax revenues and not by social security taxes. Through this program, beneficiaries are also eligible for food stamps or food assistance.
Generally, SSI benefits are not based on your prior work or a family member's prior work. Its benefits are based on need rather than on the amount paid into the program or the number of quarters worked. SSI benefits are paid to eligible people only, not to family members or survivors, which is often determined by federal criteria.
The amount of SSI benefits a claimant may receive will depend on the beneficiary's income and other factors such as whether the person lives alone, with others, in the household of another, or in a residential care facility. SSI programs also take into consideration the income and resources of individuals and families to establish the amount of aid provided to beneficiaries.
Since SSI benefits are not time-limited, they offer greater stability to individuals who are disabled and who are not able to fulfill work requirements under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
To qualify for SSI, your monthly income must not exceed the federal benefit rate (FBR), which is set by law. In sum, the SSI is designed to help the working and retired poor, or people who have worked but earned minimal wages or did not work long enough to become eligible for the Social Security Old Age or Disability.
Social Security Disability Law Attorney can help you pursue your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and other social security and disability benefits. We have more than 15 years of experience assisting claimants and representing them in hearings and appeals before the administrative law judge (ALJ) at ODAR hearings, appeals council, and federal courts.
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