SS =/= SSI or SSD
Social Security is taken out like taxes from SOME jobs - if you have a civil service pension, you don’t pay in. You can work all you want after starting to collect Social Security, but you pay taxes on that income.
SSD, the disability part of Social Security, is for if you get disabled and can’t work. You eligibility is based on specific past work records.
SSI is a need-based program, generally for people who don’t qualify for SS Disability, have no income and little to no resources. If you make money, it counts against your SSI. If you get money, it counts against you SSI. If you have any savings, or a nice car, it counts against it too, of course. And if you don’t report that you made $200 at a flea market, it counts as fraud.
AMA about SSD, SSI, and need-based programs. I became an expert on them by attempting to collect disability after chronic illness made it impossible for me to work a normal job. You almost have to be an expert to navigate the system, or hire a lawyer. (There’s a LOT of lawyers making a good living on this.)