If you’re looking to apply for Orlando SSI benefits read this first to see if you are eligible.
What is SSI?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides safety-net financial support to those who meet the eligibility requirements. These funds come from the United States Treasury and are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to qualify for Orlando SSI benefits you must meet these requirements:
To be eligible for SSI benefits, you must be 65 years of age or older. There are exceptions, however, for those who are blind or have a disability that prevents them from working. The SSA defines “disability” as when you can’t perform your previous occupation or adjust to other work due to your medical condition. Your medical condition must be expected to last for longer than a year or be life-threatening.
You must live in the United States and be a citizen to receive SSI benefits. If you are lawfully residing in the U.S., you may still be eligible for benefits. There are specific guidelines, however, that you should look into if that’s the case.
To qualify for Orlando SSI benefits, you must have minimal income and resources. Additionally, if your spouse works and earns an income, you will not be able to qualify if you exceed the monthly maximum amount. Social Security has a long list of what types of earnings and non-cash assistance is considered income for the purpose of determining eligibility. Where you live affects the amount of income you can have and still be eligible for benefits. The things you own, such as cash, bank accounts, stocks, and bonds, will also be considered with eligibility.
How to Apply for Orlando SSI Benefits
The first step when applying for benefits is to seek legal advice. An experienced social security attorney will be able to evaluate your case and make sure you meet all of the qualifications. Once they have determined your eligibility, they will be able to walk you through the process. Contact the Culbertson Law Group today to get a free case evaluation.