How to Apply for Emergency SSI Benefits

According to the Social Security Administration, people with limited income that are disabled, blind or over the age of 65 may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is similar to Social Security benefits but does not require the recipient to have sufficient work credits.


There are four instances in which the Social Security Administration will distribute expedited SSI payments to an applicant. These instances include a presumptive disability or blindness payment, an emergency advance payment, an immediate payment and an expedited reinstatement case.

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Step 1

Open a web browser and navigate to the Social Security Administration expedited payments website (see Resources). Review the instances in which expedited payments will be issued to ensure you qualify for emergency payments.


Step 2

Call to make an appointment with your local SSI office at (800) 772-1213. Inform SSI personnel you wish to apply for an expedited payment.

Step 3

Gather the required information to apply for SSI benefits. This information includes your Social Security card, proof of age, proof of citizenship or resident alien status, proof of income, proof of resources, proof of housing and medical records.

Step 4

Bring all the required information to the local SSI office at the time of your appointment.


If you are unable to call to make an appointment or complete the necessary paperwork at the SSI office, it is possible to appoint a representative to to do so.


It is possible to visit the local SSI office without first making an appointment, but this could result in longer wait times.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security card

  • Proof of age

  • Proof of citizenship or resident alien status

  • Proof of income

  • Proof of resources

  • Proof of housing

  • Medical records


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