The Federal Social Security Administration administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program, under which persons age 65 years and older, or those who are blind or disabled (including children), receive maintenance payments from that agency and supportive services (including emergency assistance and payment for burial) through the county welfare agencies. For eligible individuals, a state supplement is provided in order to increase the net countable income up to the state standard for the respective living arrangement. In addition, there can be instances of persons residing in title XIX (Nursing Home) facilities who receive a $40 personal need allowance.
Legal Services/SSI Initiative
Work First NJ (WFNJ) recipients who may be eligible for federal SSI benefits can now get free legal help. The Division of Family Development has established an agreement with Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) to assist these recipients in either filing for SSI benefits or appealing a denial of benefits.
The project primarily targets WFNJ recipients who currently receive a medical deferral from work requirements for at least 12 months, or those who are participating in the Emergency Assistance Pilot for the Long-Term Chronically Impaired.
Recipients may call the LSNJ toll-free number
If you wish to apply for Supplemental Security Income, please contact the Social Security Administration by phone at 1-800-772-1213
Information also is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov.