SSI is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to US citizens in need (including children) who are blind, disabled, or 65 or older. To qualify you also must have little or no income and few resources. This means that the value of the things you own must be less than $2,000 if you are single or less than $3,000 if you are married. Note that the value of any home or vehicle you own doesn’t count against the resource limit, nor does the value of certain other resources, such as a burial plot.
To receive SSI, you must also apply for any other cash benefits you are eligible for and you must live in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands. If you are not a US citizen but hold permanent resident status, you still may be able to get SSI (for more information on SSI for noncitizens, click here). SSI is delivered via a single payment at the beginning of the month that contains your federal SSI benefit and, in the state of California, a supplement from the state government.
The LaPorte Law Firm team understands that your inability to work due to health problems brings financial, physical, and mental hardships. We believe that every individual deserves a helping hand, which is why we offer comprehensive representation services for your SSI application and the appeals process.
If your SSI application has been denied, the LaPorte Law Firm stands ready to help you with the appeals process. This process may include reconsideration, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, an Appeals Council review, and federal court litigation.