Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

We pay monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to people with disabilities who have low income and few resources, and people who are age 65 or older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.

Income is money you receive, such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions. Income also includes things like food and shelter. The amount of income you can receive each month and still get SSI depends partly on where you live.

Resources are things you own, including real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds, which we count in deciding if you qualify for SSI. You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth $2,000 or less. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth $3,000 or less. If you own property that you are trying to sell, you may be able to get SSI while trying to sell it.

We will not count economic impact payments, also known as coronavirus stimulus payments or CARES Act payments, as income for SSI. These payments will also not count as resources for 12 months. You can learn more about qualifying for SSI by reading our publication Supplemental Security Income.

If you’re an adult with a disability intending to file for both SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance, you can apply online for both benefits at the same time if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • Have never been married.
  • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Haven’t applied for or received SSI benefits in the past.

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208 thoughts on “Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

  1. I have a question, I am 66 and already getting regular social security payments and have recently been disabled can I get disability too?

  2. Who do u contact if you think the state you reside in is preying and frauding the weak and disabled? Btw i am a recipient of ssdi and i just want to say thank you..if i hadnt been recieving these benifits i really dont know how i would be surviving…thank you so much for all that you workers do and for this to be available to a person such as myself

  3. Hello, I am a 38 year old female from Ohio who has been suffering from a multitude of debilitating MS like symptoms since the age of 25. I have applied online for SSI and due to the fact that I am currently without a phone of any kind, I’m concerned that I may miss an important call. I had provided the number of my mother’s phone in my application, but it has since been disconnected. Is there any way that I could receive emails in place of a call. I understand that for the phone interviews this will not be possible, but I was wondering if emails would suffice for any other communications.

  4. working with 83 year old lady has her green card only, never worked in the US. She does receive SNAP . Would she been able to apply for SSI,
    How would she be able to receive Medicare Part A & B does not met the 40 quarter since she never worked.

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