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Expanding Access to SSI: Getting Your Application Started Online

April 21, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: April 21, 2022

Father working in kitchen with daughterThe Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to people who are 65 and older, and to adults and children with disabilities who have low income and few resources. SSI is a critical program for people facing barriers such as veterans, people struggling with homelessness, mental illness, and other challenges.

SSI is also a path to receiving Medicaid, other health insurance, and lifesaving benefits such as nutrition assistance and housing support. Social Security is committed to ensuring that people can get the financial support when they need it. That’s why we’re making it even easier for you to start an SSI application.

You can get started today with the SSI application process.

We recently launched a new online option to request an appointment to file for SSI. The first step is to let us know that you – or someone you know – wants to file for SSI. You can request an appointment for yourself or another adult or child. The earlier we know you want to apply for SSI, the more benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Anyone can make a request online. All you have to do is answer a few questions. It takes less than five minutes. If you are submitting information for someone else, we will also ask for your contact information.

If you – or someone you know – is interested in applying, please visit our website and get started today.

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  1. Beverly B.

    My son will be turning 18 in may 2023. He will be graduating with a Modified Diploma in June 2023. He is diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and effect, and ADHD. He has difficulty writing more than his name. He forgets instructions easily and needs 1 on 1 supervision in order to perform the simplest tasks. He will be losing his SS income when he turns 18. How long does the application process take before benefits start?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Beverly. Thanks for visiting our blog. The length of time it takes to receive a decision on a disability claim can vary depending on several factors. Primarily, the nature of your son’s disability, how quickly we obtain medical evidence from your son’s doctor or other medical sources, and if his claim is randomly selected for a quality assurance review of the decision. Please contact your local Social Security office for assistance. We hope this helps. 


  2. Sarah k.

    How do I apply for essential person benefits.

  3. Maria

    where can I know if I going to receive SS benefits ,I never receive any coin.

  4. Lottie M.

    Why is it so difficult to apply for ssi online?

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