How to Qualify for Supplemental Security Income Benefits?

Supplemental Security Income may be necessary depending on an individual’s circumstances. The reason behind SSI is to assist people with limited income who cannot afford basic needs. These needs include shelter, food, and clothing. You may want to consider consulting a Supplemental Security Income lawyer if you have specific questions.

How to Qualify for SSI Benefits?

  • You will need to allow SSA access to your financial records.
  • You must be a U.S. resident.
  • You have limited income.
  • You are blind or disabled or at least 65 years old and have “limited” income and resources.

How do I know if my income qualifies for SSI Benefits?

  • Benefits change based on the cost of living. The following figures are for 2021.
  • The monthly amount for an individual is $794, a couple is $1,191 and an essential person is $397.
  • The annual amounts are $9,530.12 for an individual, $14,293.61 for a couple, and $4,775.99 for an essential person.

How to apply for SSI Benefits?

  • To apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits, you may do so in person at a Social Security office, online, or by phone.
  • You must provide documentation that proves your identity, living expenses, and income.

Important Points for SSI Benefits

  • It’s important to apply as soon as possible and to have all of your documentation ready and in order when you do so. This will help you get through the process smoothly and quickly.
  • Make sure your documents are original. You cannot use copies.
  • Keep copies of everything that you send and make notes of conversations.

You need to keep track of where you are in the process so that nothing is delayed. This is important for both written as well as verbal communications regarding your claim. It’s important you take note of the date that you sent in something or when you talked to someone. It’s also helpful if you write down the person’s name that you talked to.

Overview for SSI Benefits

A lot of information and documentation goes into applying for Supplemental Security Income. Because of all of the steps, it’s helpful to consult with a Supplemental Security income lawyer to make sure you have everything you need. If you do have any questions, please contact us, so we can help you through the process.

About Author


Clauson Law has focused on representing the injured and disabled for over 10 years. We have handled thousands of cases. Each client is important to us and has a unique situation.