Many Philadelphia residents are unable to work due to a debilitating illness or medical condition. As a result, they can have trouble making ends meet. Generally, workers who have paid enough into the Social Security system are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. However, not everyone is eligible for these benefits. Fortunately, there is another option for people with limited income and resources.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program accommodates those who do not meet the work requirements of the SSDI program. However, you must be a U.S. resident 65 or older and/or blind or disabled. The disability must keep you from working and have lasted at least a year or be expected to last at least a year. You must also earn less than $1,170 per month in 2017 doing work that involves substantial gainful activity. Substantial gainful activity usually refers to doing work that requires significant use of your body and/or mind.