I worked for an year and an half, and am under California SSI. They want to meet me for a review. Problem: I'm in DC, I'm not receiving SSI. More details inside.
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So, long story short, I'm Deaf, and was approved and considered disabled by SSI and received SSI benefits over the past 10 or so years. Almost two years ago, I found a job, and was wanting to estrange from SSI anyway (I felt it was time for me to get a full adult job).
After I started working, I cut SSI off, but kept my case open in case the job didn't work out and continued to send them paystubs every month. At that time, it was still the California SSI, while I was working (and living) in DC. The paystub clearly indicated my address in DC. I didn't get any payments during I was working, anyway (except for one erroneous payment, which I quickly paid back). After I stopped working at that company, I let the California SSI office know that I had stopped working with them, but that I had too much in my bank account (over $2000, which is the resource limit) and that I would let them know once I fell under the limit.
March rolled around, and I'm still doing fine financially so far, not needing SSI, but I got a letter from the California SSI office (mailed to my mailing address in California, which is on their record) saying that they needed me to come in for an appointment with the SSI office there, in California, and that they needed me to come in to keep my case open.
This is the juncture where I'm not sure what to do. Technically, I'm still considered residing in California (despite my job paystubs showing my DC residency address). I was thinking about going to the local DC SSI office, explaining the situation (that they knew I was working in DC, but I've decided to continue living in DC and want to transfer my SSI to DC), then go from there.
Problem? My friend suggested SSDI, and said I may be eligible for SSDI. Obviously, none of us have the answer to that, but that friend (who does know the Social Security system well, based on numerous experiences she had) suggested I withdraw a large amount from my bank account to bring me down to being under $2,000 so I could get SSI/SSDI right away. I don't think that's the best idea because:
a) It's A LOT of money (think a few thousand). I don't feel comfortable with a boatload of cash.
b) It may technically be considered fraud in a way - because I'm withdrawing a huge amount of cash to meet the eligibility requirements. They probably have technology that can track that kind of thing down, anyway?
I'm just not sure what to do. The letter of review also mentioned showing verification of residency/rent for the past two years, although I don't know what that has to do with anything, as I wasn't even receiving SSI for most of that time - my case was just open in the system.
The appointment is supposed to be today. I just got the letter in the mail today (forwarded). I'm at a loss what to do, I don't understand the SSI/SSDI system that well, and truth be told, I'd kind of rather get another job (which I'm currently trying to find) and not depend on the government for my income, but it's nice to have that safety nest. After all, my only disability is my Deafness, and that doesn't really prevent me from much. If I just close my SSI case in California, it'd take a long time to become accepted again, should I need SSI in case I can't find a job.
Anyone who has experience navigating the SSI/SSDI system, advice would be appreciated. I know you're not a lawyer/SSI/Uncle Sam, but thank you in advance.