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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes. Unlike Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), the SSI program does not require that you have worked and paid into the program in the past. The SSI program is designated to help elderly, disabled, and blind people who have little or no income. The program provides cash to meet the basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Also, SSI benefits are available to adults over the age of 65 without disabilities who meet the financial limits established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are unsure whether your disability or impairment qualifies you to receive benefits, please refer to Qualifications for Social Security Claims.

How Do I Apply?

If you believe that you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you need to initiate the process by submitting a claim to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Florida residents who become disabled should should file an application for Social Security disability benefits with the SSA as soon as possible.

You can submit your application online at the SSA’s website, by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to set up an appointment, or by visiting your local Social Security Office to apply in person. If you have questions regarding the claims process, contact The Fuller Law Group to assist you.

Key Features

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes.

SSI vs. SSDI

SSI does not require that you worked in the past and paid into the program. SSDI is paid on a monthly basis to its recipients and received by those who have paid Social Security taxes.

How Do I Apply?

To begin the qualifying process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you must submit a claim to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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