Cost of living is on the rise in the United States and one offshoot of this problem is that New Yorkers living on Social Security benefits, as well as other Social Security recipients elsewhere in the country, are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. One possible solution to mitigate the effects of rising expenses is to apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that provides a monthly stipend to blind, disabled and elderly Americans; sixty-five years and older; whose earnings have been deemed inadequate to meet their living expenses.
If you live in the state of New York and are planning to apply for Supplemental Security Income, you should know that the first step to ensuring a successful application process is to be armed with as much information as possible. This will help you to avoid making simple mistakes that could severely delay the processing time of your claim, or worse, result in your claim being denied.
The first thing to keep in mind is the fact that applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits in any county in the state of New York is quite similar to the process of applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits elsewhere in the country. Therefore, when applying for SSID in the state of New York, you will be required to provide proof of your qualifying medical condition, as well as proof of income and living arrangements.
Providing proof of your income and living arrangements is crucial, as awards are made based on your total income and resources. For the purposes of determining eligibility for Supplemental Security Income, such things as your wages, Social Security benefits, pension and food and shelter are used to calculate your total wages. If your total wage is found to be below the state minimum then you may qualify to receive Supplemental Security Insurance benefits.
The total value of all your resources will also be assessed when determining your eligibility for SSI benefits. Resources include property that you own, bank accounts and cash, as well as stocks and bonds. The total value of your resources should not exceed two thousand dollars, if you are filing as an individual, or three thousand dollars if you are filing as a couple.
To apply for SSI benefits in the state of New York you are required to apply in person at your local Social Security office. For information regarding Social Security office locations and operating hours you may call 1-800-772-1213.