Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


Here are some frequently asked questions about obtaining SSI benefits for children in foster care.

Once SSA receives all of the non-medical information, the process of establishing basic eligibility (in SSA terms, “non-medical eligibility”) begins. In the SOAR process, the case manager provides SSA with a packet containing all the necessary information. If the person does not qualify at this step, the application goes no further. Be sure to address all non-medical criteria thoroughly and accurately.

This article describes two types of living arrangements, "A" and "B." Living arrangements can impact the amount of benefits an applicant receives. Loan agreements can also impact living arrangement categories.

Living in an institutional setting will affect SSI benefits. There are differences between state institutional settings and non-state institutional settings.

There are two SSA disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). People often confuse them. Both programs are federally funded and administered by the Social Security Administration.

SSA is committed to expediting claims and quickly issuing payments for the most serious conditions and for claimants that are in dire need. When working with an applicant that is experiencing or at risk of homelessness, SOAR providers should be aware of the following SSA initiatives and practices.

The SSA-8000 is the form used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to gather all the non-medical information for the SSI application.


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