Social Security Benefits for Adult Children with Severe Disabilities: Part 3

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Income Resources:  In order to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income your child’s things they own and resources cannot exceed over $2,000.00.  Things like land, cash, bonds and stocks etc., or any money use to buy for his or her food and shelter.  If your adult child lives in the same home as you, it will not be counted against him or her as a resource.

How much can my adult child get from SSI?

Your adult child will receive $733.00 per month if approved and some states will provide an additional supplemental to SSI recipients.  However, if your child has an income that benefit amount will be different between countable income and the Federal benefit rate (FBR).  Below is an example.

For Example

Jane Doe is a 34 year-old woman who suffered a really bad stroke that left her badly disabled when she was at the age of 22.  Jane Doe lives with her parents who provide food and medical bills that are not covered by their healthcare insurance companyUnfortunately, Jane does not receive cash payments from her parents, and SSA will consider the value of shelter and food that is given to her as in-kind income.  However, SSA will rule in-kind income will be reduced to the maximum SSI benefit amount that a person will be entitled to 1/3 if you adult child is living with you or someone else and not contributing financially for shelter and foodIf Jane does not have another income for money to pay towards her medical bills will not be counted.  Jane federal monthly benefit income will be $496.34 after $236.66 subtract from $733.00.  Jane live in the state of Washington, that will provide $46.00 state supplement to Supplement Security Income recipients who live with someone else household beside their parents’ house, then Jane will receive a total SSI payment of $542.34 ($496.34 plus $46.00. 

Where does my child apply for benefits?

Your adult child can start an application online on the SSA’s websiteHowever, your adult child can be eligible for SSDI depends on his or her own work record Also, you can make an appointment with your local Social Security office to see if your adult child will be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Disability to see which one to apply for.  Please call your SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find your local Social Security Office or you can visit the SSA’s website to look an office by your zip code.

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