Helping Secure Your SSI Benefits

If you are struggling with a disability and meet a certain income threshold, you may be eligible for benefits known as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. SSI benefits derive from the public trust fund and are administered by the Social Security Administration. There is an application process in place for these benefits, and they are generally reserved for those who are unable to work and fall within low-income brackets. Legal issues can further complicate eligibility, and other parts of the SSI application process. This is where the expertise of Gordon & Pont can be helpful.

Unlike SSDI, there are no previous employment requirements that determine your eligibility for SSI. To qualify, an individual must not exceed a predetermined level of resources. Any asset that can be converted into cash for financial support should be noted. These most commonly include, but are not limited to:
  • Real estate
  • Bank accounts
  • Stocks
  • Cars
SSI is a welfare-based program that is intended to assist persons who cannot meet the work requirements of SSDI. It is important to note that the amount received in benefits from the SSI program cannot exceed the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), otherwise known as the Federal Payment Standard.
SSI benefits are available for both adults and children. These benefits are intended for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Receive a low monthly income as determined by specific SSA guidelines, and
  • Are age 65 or older, blind or disabled

Your "income" for purposes of qualifying for SSI benefits includes wages, other government benefits and pensions. If you receive food or shelter, the value of these items is also included in your income calculation.
It is important to note that recipients of SSI benefits are also eligible to receive other services, including Medicaid or Social Security benefits (provided you have paid in long enough to qualify).
If you are interested in applying for SSI benefits or need assistance with an appeal, call the law offices of Gordon & Pont. Having Gordon & Pont on your side can mean the difference between winning and losing.