Seniors who are blind and suffer from hearing loss may qualify for a federal program funded by tax revenues. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is geared towards those who have little or no income and are blind or disabled. It provides monetary benefits to pay for basic necessities. Seniors can sign up for SSI benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213.
To qualify for the SSI program, individuals need to be aged 65 or older, or blind, or disabled, with limited income and resources, and be a U.S. citizen or national, and reside in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
It is important to note that not all applicants can apply online. For instance, online applications aren’t available for those aged 65 or older. According to the website, you can apply to the SSI program through these methods:
After you have applied, you might be contacted to provide further information or documents. You can also verify the status of your SSI application online using your personal my Social Security account. You can also call them at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to check the status of the application.
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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.