Awhile back, we answered a question a lot of people have about the disability benefits programs offered by the Social Security Administration. The question was this: what's the difference between SSI and SSDI? As those who read our post learned, the two programs are only similar in the sense that they provide cash benefits to those with disabilities. But this is where the similarities end.
As you may or may not know, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) each have a set of requirements that applicants must meet before they are even deemed eligible for benefits. Applicants must then prove their claim for benefits, sometimes with the help of an attorney.
Today though, we'd like to revisit our January post by asking another question that often arises when dealing with cases involving disabilities: who is eligible for SSI benefits in New Jersey? Let's take a look at what SSA has to say.
According to SSA, SSI is available to both adults and children who have a disabling condition as well as limited income and resources. Those who may be considered eligible for benefits are those who are:
- 18 years of age or under
- 65 years of age or older
The Administration also takes into consideration any income you may be receiving and where this income is coming from as well as the resources you have, such as real estate property or money saved in bank accounts.
Because eligibility for SSI benefits is based on each person's specific situation, it's difficult for us to say exactly which of our West Caldwell readers should receive benefits and which could be turned down. That's why today's readers are encouraged to talk to an attorney prior to filing an SSI claim so that you can see how the law applies to your specific case.