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Are there additional SSI benefits in New Jersey?

Social Security's Supplemental Security Income program provides cash benefits each month to beneficiaries in New Jersey and across the nation who are low-income individuals over the age of 65, or low-income individuals, including children, who are blind or have a disability. New Jersey adds money to the Social Security Administration's monthly payment.

Beneficiaries must meet SSI requirements. These include limited income and assets less than $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a married couple. Assets such as a home, car or burial plot are not counted in this calculation.

In 2017, New Jersey beneficiaries who live alone or with others in their own household may receive a combined payment of $766.25 from the SSA and New Jersey at the beginning of each month. A person who lives with a spouse who is ineligible for SSI benefits may receive $888.00.

A person who lives in another person's household and is receiving support and maintenance qualifies for $534.31 monthly. Beneficiaries residing in a public general hospital or long-term health facility approved by Medicaid are eligible for $40.00. Those living in a licensed residential health care facility are paid $945.05.

A couple who lives alone or with others in their household receive $1,128.36. Couples residing in another person's household and receiving support and maintenance are entitled to $828.43 Those living in a licensed residential health care facility are paid $1,841.36.

Beneficiaries may also qualify for other federal programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. Local benefits include educational and training assistance, homemaker services, money management services, special assistance for the blindness and disabilities and transportation. To receive SSI, a beneficiary must apply for any other eligible government benefits.

Meeting eligibility and keeping SSI-related benefits may be complicated and is governed by numerous laws and regulations. An attorney may assist claimants with obtaining and keeping their maximum entitled benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in New Jersey," Accessed May 16, 2017

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