Many of our Los Angeles readers have probably visited the Social Security Administration website. The website, SSA.gov, is fairly comprehensive, covering all of the major parts of Social Security that may interest and inform readers — retirement benefits, Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

However, one part of the website that our readers may have missed is the “SSI Spotlights.” This part of the website can help interested readers navigate the more detailed Supplemental Security Income program documents. The SSI Spotlights jump quickly to some of the most crucial pieces of information that a person will likely need to know before submitting an application for SSI benefits.

For example, one of the SSI Spotlights jumps to information regarding living arrangements. This is important for SSI benefits recipients because a person’s living arrangements — and how they pay for necessities — could come into play when determining the amount of SSI benefits a person will receive.

Another SSI Spotlight covers details regarding reporting income to the Social Security Administration. This is important because SSI benefits are heavily influenced by any amount of income a person receives from employment or other sources.

There are many different sources of information for Los Angeles residents who may be thinking about applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Getting the right information can be extremely useful when putting together an initial application, so that the chances of getting approved on the first try are potentially increased.

Source: SSA.gov, “Links to SSI Spotlights — 2015 Edition,” accessed on Oct. 23, 2015