Probably the #1 Question I Receive is “How Can I Receive More Money From SSI?”

“How Can I Receive More Money From SSI?”

The amount of money individuals and married couples receive through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is very low. That is why many people wonder if they or perhaps their disabled child who is over age 18  can somehow have their monthly payouts increased.  If the disabled person is  already receiving the maximum amount in benefits, the  answer is “no.” This amount is a fixed number and there is no way to appeal to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for an increase.

SSI Maximum Amount

The maximum amount of SSI in most States, including Virginia, is $750 per month for an individual and $1,125 per month for a married couple.   In 2019 the maximum amount of SSI will increase to $771 a month for a person and  $1,157 a month for a married couple.    If you or your disabled child are not receiving the full amount, you should start by determining why.

Why A Person Might Not Be Receiving the Maximum SSI Benefit

If a person is  collecting less than the maximum amount of SSI benefits, it is likely that the SSA assumes that they are receiving “in-kind” support. In-kind support is often in the form of food or reduced rent. The SSA would assume this based on what is put on the application when a person applies for SSI benefits

Sometimes, people who have relied on others to help with food and rent start paying these costs themselves once they begin receiving SSI.  In this situation, the disabled person should contact their local Social Security office about getting an increase. If you are asking “How can I receive more money from SSI?” and the local Social Security office is not  being helpful, you can contact the Law Office of Sheri R. Abrams at (571) 328-5795 to set up an appointment to review your family’s situation and go over the options.

Determine if the Disabled Person’s Income is Limiting their SSI Benefits

If  a disabled person is not receiving the maximum amount of SSI, it could be that their “countable income” is lowering the benefit amount .  . “Countable income”  includes the following:

  • Income from work
  • In-kind support and maintenance – as stated earlier, food and shelter you receive for free or at a discount would count as income
  • Gifts – any financial gift you receive from family or friends is considered countable income
  • Unearned income and benefits – any payments you receive from SSDI, worker’s compensation, pensions or personal injury awardsare considered countable income.

 

Also please remember that to qualify for SSI benefits, you must have no more than $2,000 in assets as an individual and no more than $3,000 in assets as a married couple.