Social Security

Newington Human Services assists with the application process for various Social Security programs

What are the eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability benefits?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually 10 years). Then, you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability.

In general, SSA pays monthly benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more, or who have a condition expected to end in death. The disability must be so severe the worker cannot work, considering age, education and experience.

If you think you may be eligible to receive disability benefits and would like to apply you can apply online or contact Newington Human Services for assistance. Schedule appointment 860-665-8590.

Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages

  • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment
  • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer
  • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money

What is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and how can I apply?

SSI gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. Children with disabilities can get SSI, too.

When can I get Social Security retirement benefits?

You can begin getting Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62. But SSA will reduce your benefits by as much as 30 percent below what you would get if you waited to retire until your full retirement age. If you wait until your full retirement age (66 for most people), you will get your full benefit. You also can wait until age 70 to start your benefits. Then, SSA will increase your benefit because you earned “delayed retirement credits.”