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Social Security Disability

Can I get Social Security Disability if I’ve never worked?

If you are unable to work and have never worked before, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Limited income, for the purposes of SSI, includes: money you earn from work; money you receive from other sources, such as Social Security benefits, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs, friends or relatives; and, free food or shelter. Limited resources, for the purposes of SSI, are things you own such as: cash; bank accounts, stocks, U.S. savings bonds; land; vehicles; personal property; life insurance; and, anything else you own that could be converted to cash and used for food or shelter. The SSI limits for resources are: Individual/Child — $2,000 and for a Couple — $3,000.

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