The Social Security Administration provides a range of benefits that you may be eligible for in Michigan. However, you need to check the requirements for each type of benefit to see if you qualify. The SSA has very strict requirements. If you do not meet them exactly, it will deny your benefits. One type of benefit with some of the strictest requirements is Supplemental Social Security Income.
SSI, according to the SSA is an income-based benefit for a specific group of people. You may qualify for SSI if you have a disability, are blind or are at least 65 years old. You also must meet income requirements and be a U.S. citizen. Some documented immigrants may also qualify for benefits.
There are additional requirements for SSI. You cannot have assets that go over a certain limit which is $2,000 per individual or $3,000 per couple. You must apply for any other benefits for which you qualify. You may not be out of the country for 30 days or more in a row. You also cannot be in an institution.
You must file an application specifically for SSI benefits. You also have to give the SSA permission to contact your financial institution and receive your records. Keep in mind that the SSA will consider income anything that you receive from work or other benefits. It also considers income anything you receive for free, such as a place to live or food.
Also, keep in mind that some things will make you ineligible for benefits. If you are incarcerated or have a felony arrest warrant related to escape or flight, then you do not qualify. You may also disqualify yourself if you give away assets or other resources to reach the income limit for SSI. This information is for education and is not legal advice.