Most people understand that it's difficult to live on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits alone. It's also hard to live on retirement if you only have Social Security to rely on. That's why Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is so beneficial. It provides a boost to your income so that you can afford the necessities.
The SSI program is a federal supplemental program that is designed to help the blind, disabled and aged who have small incomes or no income at all. It provides the necessary money to have an appropriate shelter, to buy food and to get clothing. This program is supported with tax revenue, not the Social Security taxes that you paid.
Can you apply for SSI and SSD at the same time?
Yes, you can. Your attorney will help you apply for both programs, so there's as little time between your application and the approval of the benefits you need as possible. If you already have SSDI, you can apply for SSI separately through a new application. Being approved for SSDI doesn't limit your ability to obtain SSI, so long as you are receiving a low monthly payment.
Your attorney can talk to you more about SSI and how it can help boost your income. Our website has more on SSI and what you should expect if you plan to apply for it or SSD. With the right support, you'll have a better chance of having your application approved the first time, so you don't have to worry about making an appeal that takes months or years.