Are you or someone you know a senior citizen that is
interested in applying for Supplemental Security Income?
Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI, is a
source of monthly government income for special individuals that have
low income. Aside from being blind or disabled, the elderly are
eligible for SSI as long as they meet certain criteria and are over the
age of 65.
Unfortunately, rejection may occur even though another
individual with the exact same criteria was accepted. An attorney can
make the difference!
Resources that are considered when one is applying for SSI
include some of the following:
Stocks and Bonds
In order to qualify for SSI, one’s resources cannot exceed
a value of $2,000. If an elderly married couple with combined resources
wishes to apply for SSI together, their resources cannot exceed a value
of $3,000. Social Security does not count all sources of income when
deciding whether or not an individual qualifies for SSI.
For example, they do not count:
The first $20 a
month of most income that is received
The first $65 a
month that is earned from working and half the amount over $65
Shelter that is
received from private nonprofit organizations
Most home energy
Another key component to being eligible for Supplemental
Security Income is being a U.S. citizen or a citizen of the Northern
Mariana Islands. Another thing that can hinder a senior citizen's
ability to receive SSI is living in a county or city rest home.
However, there are exceptions to both of these. What
exactly would these exceptions be, and how can one ensure that if they
don't meet certain criteria that they can still receive SSI?
With an attorney, representation is secured and it also
increases one's chances of winning SSI benefits. Applying for Social
Security SSI Benefits? Call us Today!