Supplemental Security Income

Although they both serve as important safety nets for people with disabilities, there are some notable differences between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The first difference is how they are funded. SSDI is funded through specific payroll taxes that go into the Social Security trust funds. The Supplemental Security Income program, on the other hand, is funded by general tax revenue (from federal and California taxes). Both programs are managed by the Social Security Administration.

Eligibility For SSI Claims And Benefits

Unlike SSDI, which requires a certain number of earned work credits, SSI is purely need-based. To be eligible for SSI, you must be disabled (or blind or age 65-plus) and have low income and few resources. Here are the basics:

Disability: Criteria for qualifying disabilities are basically the same as they are for SSDI, which you can read about on this page: Does my disability qualify?

Resources: Your resources include readily available assets and certain possessions. To qualify, these must total no more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple.

Income: The income limitations for SSI vary depending on where you live, your living situation, your marital status and other factors. Even if you qualify for benefits, the specific amount of money you receive monthly could also be affected by these factors.

What Our Firm Can Do For You

If you have a disability and need financial help, you may be wondering if you qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. These programs can be complicated, and answers are not always easy to figure out on your own.

After meeting with our attorney, you will likely have a much better sense of your options and how to get started. The initial consultation is free and there is no obligation.

Contact Us Today

Located in Stockton, the Law Office of Ronald M. Stein, Attorney at Law, serves clients throughout the Central Valley, including Sacramento Valley and the Foothills. To discuss your case for free with an experienced lawyer, call us at 209-751-4370. You can also reach us via email.