Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

SSI is a federal program for people with low income or capital who are 65 or older, or have a disability. The program is paid by the general revenues of the U.S. and, in states which supplement SSI, from state funds.

Who is eligible for SSI?

Only people who are 65 or older, blind or disabled and meet certain financial criteria can receive SSI.  For children with disabilities, eligibility depends on household income.

What general criteria do I have to meet to receive SSI?

What financial criteria do I have to meet to receive SSI?

Social Security looks at your income and what you own to determine your eligibility. Income is money you receive for wages, Social Security checks, and pensions; it also includes items you receive such as food, clothing, or shelter. What you own can include real estate, personal belongings, bank accounts, cash, and stocks and bonds.

Where do I have to live to receive SSI?

Your residence plays a role in determining whether you can receive SSI. If you live in a city or county rest home, a halfway house, or other public institution, you may not be able to receive SSI. There are some exceptions:

How do I apply for SSI?

Visit or call your local Social Security office. Have the following items on hand when you apply:

Can I receive SSI and still use federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid)?

Yes. In fact, most people who get SSI also get Medicaid. Contact your local social services department for more information about this.

SSI Income and Benefits as of January 2006

Some Internet links to other SSI information sites: