Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for SSI?


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) differs from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in that SSI payments are made from the general funds of the United States Treasury whereas SSDI benefits are paid from the Social Security Trust Fund.  Accordingly, no previous work history is required.  To qualify for SSI benefits, you must have little or no income and meet any of the following three criteria:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Blind
  • Disabled (according to SSA’s definition of “disabled”)



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