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.