D. Sonny Khorasani
Attorney at Law
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a type of program that is funded through general tax revenues and not payroll tax like SSDI. Unlike SSDI which is based on work history, this program is strictly need based.
In order to qualify your total assets must be less than $2000 ($3000 for a couple) and your monthly income falls below a strict limit. This program is not only for those who are disabled, but also available to those over 65 and meet the need based criteria.