I have tons of questions about California's laws to SSI. First my mother was told she couldn't get Social Security because she didn't work 10 years at the same job or place of business. Is there a 10 year law? I did a little glancing and seen an amount but not a time frame. My mother is disabled and cant work. She is buying a trailer and doesn't get enough for her bills and food. She said she didn't qualify for food stamps and I cant seem to find what you need to qualify for it. I know she doesn't make enough, so how can I help her fight or appeal? My father died and he was getting Social Security but from what I understand nothing was transferred they just stopped all payments and then billed my mother for some overpayment from him years ago. My mother needs to get some help but I have no idea where to start. I have been helping her in every way I can but its getting to the point that I'm going to have to have her move in with me and my family. I really don't want to take that Independence from her and I don't want it seem as a burden on my family or on my mother. I live in Washington state and I'm not even sure what would change if she was forced to move here with me. Where can I fine the qualifications for Social Security? More importantly what is the difference from SSI to Social Security? I'm sorry to burden anyone with my issue but I have no clue where to turn and I'm getting loops at the Social Security office. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for you time.