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What's Supplemental Security Income's purpose?

When you have a disability, one of the things that might help you is Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI). SSDI is only made available to workers who have an appropriate number of work credits granted from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

As most people know, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits aren't very high. The amount isn't taxed, but it can still be hard to live on disability benefits alone. That's why it's a good idea to look into Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income is an income supplement that is funded by tax revenue. It helps the disabled, elderly and blind. It is meant to provide enough extra cash to meet the basic needs for clothing, food and shelter.

To get SSI, you have to show that you meet the requirements. This includes having a disability, being over the age of 65 or being blind. You also have to show that you have a limited income and limited resources.

When considering your income, the SSA will look at any money you earn working, money you obtain through SSD or unemployment benefits and any other free food or shelter you receive. The SSA may also consider money from the Department of Veterans Affairs or that is given to you from friends or family in your income.

If you plan to apply for SSI, it's a wise choice to talk to your attorney first. You need to show that your income is limited, which can be difficult. Your attorney will help you prepare an accurate application for the SSA.

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