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Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration offers two programs:
  1. Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.

  • Must be determined as “disabled” (the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity) by the Social Security Administration
  • Must have worked long enough, and recently enough, and have paid into Social Security System by being employed and have FICA taxes deducted from your wage



Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income. The program provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

  • Individuals with assets no more than $2,000 for a single person or $3,000 for a couple. Assets include: bank accounts, any real estate other than the home you live in, stocks and bonds. The following items are NOT included towards assets: personal home, household goods and personal effects, one car or truck, one wedding and engagement ring, a limited burial fund, or property essentials for self-support. (If you own a home, you must live in it or it will be counted toward assets.)
  • Must have a monthly income that meets the current guidelines of the Social Security Administration. Income includes: wages, veteran’s benefits, retirement pensions, workers and unemployment compensation, in-kind support such as food, clothing, and shelter, money received from rental properties, stock dividends, and interest from savings accounts.
  1. Social Security number and proof of age, as well as any additional social security number on which individual may have received benefits in the past (parents, spouse, etc.)
  2. A letter from your doctor stating diagnosis, date first diagnosed, and a list of any restrictions your doctor has given due to your condition.
  3. A complete list of reasons the individual is unable to work.
  4. A complete list of all medications and doses that have been prescribed for condition.
  5. Name, address, and phone number(s) of all doctors, hospitals, clinics, and case workers that have provided treatment; and dates and types of treatments received.
  6. Laboratory and test results.
  7. Medical records from doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers that applicant has in their possession.
  8. If ever married, the full name of spouse(s), the date(s) of marriage, and the social security number(s).
  9. Social Security Number(s) for minor children.
  10. Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate. If born in another country, proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency.
  11. Copies of all insurance policies (life insurance, health insurance, etc.)
  12. W-2 forms for the past two years, or if self-employed, a copy of federal tax returns for the past two years.
  13. Jobs and dates worked in the past 15 years before individual became unable to work.
  14. All bank account statements for the past two months.
  15. Certificates from all stocks/bonds.
  16. Vehicle registration.
  17. Proof of rent/mortgage. (If applicant shares a household and payments with someone else, applicant will need to provide their name(s) and payment amounts).
  18. Proof of household expenses (including utilities, food, etc.) for the past 12 months.

There are 3 ways to apply for Social Security Benefits.

  • Online (SSD only):
  • By phone: (800) 772-1213 (7am-7pm, Monday through Friday)
  • In person:
    • 4990 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange, FL 32127; (386) 761-8761
    • 1629 S. Adelle Ave., DeLand, FL 32720; (386) 734-8300