Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children: Determining Childhood Disability

This issue brief, developed in collaboration with the SOAR TA Center, discusses the disability determination process and medical eligibility criteria for child SSI applications.

Children and individuals under age 18 with disabling conditions who experience or are at risk of homelessness (e.g., those aging out of foster care or families who are unable to pay housing expenses) may struggle to access the resources they need. Many have developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, trauma, and medical issues that impact their ability to function.

The path to recovery can be extraordinarily challenging when a family is constantly struggling to meet basic needs. Having income and healthcare benefits for children with disabilities is often a crucial first step on the road to recovery. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration can help.

Read the Issue Brief here: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children: Determining Childhood Disability