There are many people in the United States that are unable to work for one reason or another. A physical disability or a long-term illness may keep them from working. In some cases, a person’s age makes it too difficult to hold a job. In these situations, people often need financial assistance to make sure they have their basic needs met. This assistance can come from a variety of sources, but in some instances federal relief is possible.
The Supplemental Security Income program, for example, can provide income for certain individuals who are unable to work. People in these situations must qualify for relief. SSI recipients must also have limited resources to provide for their own care.
Pennsylvania residents may wonder how many people in the United States actually receive SSI benefits, The Social Security Administration collects and releases this data. According to the SSA, the exact number of people that receive SSI benefits fluctuates each month. In general, in 2014 and 2015, more than eight million people in the U.S. received SSI benefits each month. Specifically, in August 2015, the latest month available, 8,345,427 people received benefits.
The average monthly SSI benefit that a person in the U.S. received also fluctuates slightly from month to month. Generally, the average benefit stays around $540 per month. In August 2015, the average benefit was $540.90.
This benefit is extremely important to the people who need it. When Pennsylvania residents qualify for SSI benefits, they need to make sure they know how to protect them. While this blog post can only provide general information, an attorney can give people specific advice about how to obtain and keep SSI benefits.