What are the requirements for Supplemental Security Income?

supplemental security income applicationThere are several requirements to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The basic requirements are that an individual must be 65 and older, disabled or blind. 

“Disabled” is defined as a mental or physical impairment that: 

  • prevents one from engaging in substantial gainful activity
  • has lasted or is expected to last for 12 consecutive months; and/or
  • is expected to result in death

Blind means a visual impairment where an individual has central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in their better eye, even with a correcting lens. Alternatively, there could be a visual field limitation in the better eye. 

In addition, there must be limited income and resources to meet the requirements for Supplemental Security Income. 

Income can be considered: 

  • wages
  • money from certain types of other sources
  • free food
  • shelter

Resources are things an individual owns, including: 

  • land
  • life insurance
  • bank accounts
  • cash
  • vehicles
  • other items that could be converted to cash, used to help pay for food and shelter

Contact a North Carolina Disability Attorney  

Of course, there are other requirements that must be met, including residency and citizenship. The best way to learn if you are eligible is to consult with a disability attorney. Our disability attorneys can help with an application or explain options in the event an application was denied. 

The team of disability attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates serves residents across North Carolina from offices in Dunn, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Cary, and Clinton. If you would like to learn more about your rights to disability or other benefits, contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation -1-800-849-5931 or 910-892-8177.