I am new to this area of expertise so I thought some you could help. Here's the deal: I am 25 years old, male, USA citizen, have had M.E. for about 5 years now with a functioning level of about 3. I have not been in the workforce (other than summer jobs when home from school) as ME destroyed any chance of that at age 21. I can get out and about once a week maximum for a doctor, grocery, etc. as long as i don't push too much, otherwise the bed owns me. I am currently living with my mother in the Northeastern area of the States and she pays for all my care as of now including health insurance, treatment (to no avail) and food. Great Mom, I know. The problem's that i can not be leeching off her and expecting her to continuously provide for me costing thousands a year while simultaneously coughing up her own dough for her own bills. That's why i need Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income SSI and your advice. Do I not qualify for SS Disability since i have not worked the 10 year minimum/ been in the job force long enough? / Or Will I need to try to qualify for SSI? How difficult is it to get SSI and will payments be next to nothing if i live with my mother already? I am currently thinking about moving to year round warm weather due to the harsh winters here. If I do recieve SSI will i be able to move to another state and recieve the same government funds, or will i have to do the whole shebang over again? I see that 2000 dollar maximum can be had in assets for an individual. I have more than that in my bank account currently from odd jobs and so forth before i got sick. If i plan to buy a cheap one bedroom down south (real cheap) first will that affect me? It says you can have a home and still recieve SSI. On the other hand If i have my money in my bank account just sitting there, I will not be able to receive SSI, correct? Should i buy the home first before starting this process? Reason being is i see so many people spending the majority of their checks on private rentals and barely get by. What would be a typical SSI gov check considering my demographics listed above? Any other details or general info i should consider would be much appreciated. Thank you all.