In addition to this group of people, people with disabilities are also entitled to this benefit. In this way, Social Security provides benefits to all those who need extra income to pay their bills and cover all their monthly expenses. If you are retired at age 65 or older or have any type of disability, you may be eligible for SSI.
Who can collect SSI from Social Security?
On the list of people who can collect Social Security SSI are:
Retirees age 65 or older.
People who are totally or partially blind.
People with disabilities.
In addition to this condition, the other indispensable requirement is to be collecting Social Security. Then it is not possible to access SSI without collecting a benefit, no matter if it is for retirement, blindness or disability.
The other criteria is income. A single person can earn a maximum of $861 per month to qualify for SSI. In the case of a couple, income can be up to $1,767 per month. Not all money is considered ‘earned’, so the pensioner has to check how much he/she earns in order to apply for SSI.
How do I apply for SSI?
If you want to apply for SSI, you can do it the same way you apply for Social Security. The process is the same and you can do it online or at a local office. Before you think about applying for SSI, it is a good idea to check your eligibility using the BEST tool. This tool is free and official government tool.
After checking whether or not you are eligible for SSI, go to your local office or call them. They will help you if you don’t know how to follow the process. On the other hand, the other option is to do it through My Social Security, which you can do from home without difficulty.