What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program funded by tax revenues. Unlike SSDI, however, SSI is meant to provide financial assistance for basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter for the aged (65 or older), the blind, and people with disabilities who are struggling to survive with little to no income. Certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to receive SSI benefits.

The Law Office of Maggie R. Schott, PLLC, helps clients in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho apply for SSI benefits. We can also help with appeals following a denied application, and will stand by you in case of a hearing. Call an attorney at our Spokane office at 509-209-9668 to set up your free consultation. If you can't come to us, we'll come to you.

How Social Security Determines Who Qualifies For SSI

Whether or not you qualify to receive SSI benefits is dependent on your income and your resources, or things you own. Income can come from money earned as wages, pensions or other Social Security benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Married applicants will have part of their spouse's income and resources counted as well in regard to SSI qualifications. U.S. residency requirements must also be met, and those living in rest homes, halfway houses, or jail or prison may not qualify. However, every case is different, and there may be exceptions to your situation.

Tips For Documenting Your Income, Residence And Disability

You must have various completed documents and information available when you submit the application. These include your Social Security card, birth certificate, information about the place in which you live (including your lease and landlord's name, if applicable), payroll records, insurance policies, checkbook or other papers that show your bank information, and the names and contact information of doctors, clinics and hospitals that have helped you regarding your disability.

Let Us Help You Navigate The Social Security Landscape

This is just a general description of what may be required of you. Seeking assistance from a lawyer fluent in Social Security requirements can be a tremendous help in making sure you have everything you need. The Law Office of Maggie R. Schott, PLLC, can help you with the entire process of applying for SSI benefits. Call us today at 509-209-9668 or use our online contact form to get in touch with us.