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Supplemental Security Income Application
 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

The application provides comprehensive general information about SSI eligibility requirements and processes. Written especially for SSI advocates, but also useful for the general public, it addresses a broad range of topics, from applying for benefits to reporting events that may change the payment of benefits. Please check out its Table of Contents for a list of these topics. Applications for both SSI and SSDI should always be filed because people don't necessarily recall their work histories completely or accurately. Or, if you were ever married, you may qualify for benefits under your spouse's Social Security number.

Our Supplemental Security Income program is funded by the general revenues of the Federal Treasury and is intended to provide a minimum level of income to persons who are aged, disabled, or blind and demonstrate economic need. The SSI program is meant to supplement any income an individual might already have to ensure a certain level of income to meet basic living expenses. The dollar amount received in SSI on a monthly basis varies from person to person and is computed each month, taking into account an individual's current financial situation.

The state Disability Determination Service (DDS) makes the disability decision for the SSA. Once an application for the SSI program is completed at our company office, it is sent to DDS. In making the disability determination, DDS workers will ask the individual's doctors and other treatment sources for a medical history of their condition .

SSI can presume you are disabled and begin payment immediately if you meet the income and asset requirements and have a doctor's statement testifying to your disability (specifically a Medical Report on Adult with Allegation of HIV Infection, available from SSA or APLA's Benefits office). SSI can pay up to six months of presumptive while they review your medical records and financial eligibility for SSDI, SSI or both. If your medical records do not support your doctor's statement, or you fail to complete your application, payment may stop. You will not have to repay the money. District offices can write checks on the day of application; branch offices can get checks quickly. Immediate presumptive payment is at the discretion of the office and the claims representative. If you are in need of immediate assistance, be prepared to present a case of compelling need and ask for (do not demand) emergency advance payment. Emergency advances are pro-rated over a month. If you are applying at the end of one month, you might be better off waiting until the start of the next.

During the SSI application process you will be asked about other income, including assistance from family and friends. If your monthly expenses exceed the payment level, SSI may ask how you meet your bills. Loans are not considered income; gifts are. If someone helps with your support (cash, food, or rent assistance), SSI may consider this income in kind and deduct a set amount from your benefit. If you are being loaned money, SSI may ask for signed statements from people loaning you funds.
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