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What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?

Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) is a need based disability program that is managed along with the Social Security disability program by the Social Security Administration.


1. Filing for SSI Benefits
2. Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
3. How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
4. The SSI Award Letter
5. How to apply for SSI
6. How to file for SSI, pt2

Application requirements for Supplemental Security Income disability are centered on income and resources. Meaning, if an individual does not meet the income or resource limit they will not be eligible for Supplemental Security Income disability no matter what their disabling condition is. Moreover, if an individual does not meet the SSI income and resource limits their disability application will be denied prior to being sent (to a disability examiner) for a medical determination.

Each year Social Security determines what the income and resource limits are going to be for the year. For the year 2010 (remember these amounts are subject to change, so contact Social Security for current year limits) the resource limit is $2000.00 per individual and $3000.00 for a couple. Social Security does not count an individualís or coupleís home if they are living in it, nor do they count the highest valued vehicle. However most other resources an individual or couple has can be counted toward the resource limit. Resources are extra vehicles, land other than where an individual lives (including heir property), stocks, bonds, 401K, any thing that can generate cash if sold.

Resource limits rarely change and are pretty black and white. An individual or couple either meets the resource limit, or they do not. Income limits have more flexibility than resource limits. The SSI income limit is sometimes more dependent on the composition of the family. For example, a family of five can have more income than a family of two and still meet the SSI income limit. Income can come from wages, short term or long term disability, work compensation, unemployment benefits, pensions, rental income, etc.

Other than income and resource limit factors, the application process for SSI disability is the same as Social Security disability. An individual must complete an application with Social Security to provide their medical and work information. Once their disability claim is completed, the Social Security office forwards the claim to a state disability agency for a medical decision. If an individual is medically approved for SSI disability benefits, they still have one more hurdle to cross before they actually receive disability benefits.

All SSI disability claims have an end line interview at their local Social Security office to determine if they still meet income and resource limits and what their living arrangements are. If an individual does not meet income and/or resource limits at the time of this interview, their disability claim will be denied even though they have been found medically disabled by Social Security.

However, if the individual still meets the income and resource limits this interview will be used to determine what Social Security will pay them in monthly benefits. Social Security determines the SSI disability payment amount by determining the individualís household composition and whether or not they are are paying their share of the expenses in the household.

For example, if four individuals live in the household, then the SSI beneficiary is responsible for one forth of all of the household bills and they must pay one fourth of the bills to receive the full SSI disability benefit amount. If they do not pay their share of the expenses, their disability benefit will be reduced until they are able to.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What kind of Social Security disability representative should I use?
SSI disability and living arrangements
Can your own doctor do your Social Security Disability medical examination?
Do doctors help you on a disability claim?
How to file for disability in Illinois
Qualifying for disability and the sets of criteria
Why does Social Security deny so many disability cases?
What do you have to do to get disability?
Disability Determination After Seeing a Psychologist at a Mental Evaluation
If you get Social Security disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?
How to file for disability in Oregon
How to get disability for degenerative disc disease
How much do you pay a disability lawyer and how are they paid?
How to file for disability in Tennessee
Vertigo and Filing for Disability
The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to claim disability
Disability claim appeal status
How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
How do you Apply for SSI?
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
Can you work if you get SSI?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
Social Security Disability denied
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
f I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial