|CHAPTER 4:||Financial Assistance Programs|
|Topic 15||Supplemental Security Income (SSI)|
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance program funded and administered by the federal government. It pays monthly benefits to people who are 65 and older, blind, have a disability, do not have a lot of assets or do not have excess income.
The benefit amounts are subject to change. Only Social Security can provide you with the actual benefit amount you may be eligible to receive.
Qualifications & Requirements
- 65 or older
- Blind; you are either totally blind have very poor eyesight or
- Disabled; you have a physical or mental problem that keeps you from working and is expected to last a year or result in death.
- Children can also get benefits because of a disability.
- You must live in the U.S. or in the Northern Mariana Islands.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- If you're eligible for Social Security or other benefits you must apply for them.
- The amount of income you can have each month to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income depends on where you live, how much income you have and what you own.
- Other considerations in determining eligibility are; the income and assets of the spouse, parents, or if under 18, sponsor, if applicant is an alien.
Social Security Administration | 800-772-1213 | 800-325-0778 (TTY)| www.ssa.gov/work