Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly income to people who are age 65 or older, or are blind and disabled, and have limited income and financial resources. SSA runs the program. Nationally, in 2007 there were about 10 million people between 18 and 64 who were disabled and received either SSDI and/or SSI.

The amount of the SSI benefit depends on the state where recipients live. The basic SSI check is the same nationwide. In 2009, the SSI payment for an eligible individual is $ 674 per month and $1,011 per month for an eligible couple. The following is a list of the states that supplement the basic SSI amount:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington, D.C.

Seniors who get SSI may also be able to get other low-income assistance from their state or county, such as Medicaid and food stamps. For information about all services available in your community, call your local social services department or public welfare office.

How to Apply

SSI applicants can apply at their local Social Security offices or call 1-800-772-1213 for an appointment with a Social Security representative. Parents or guardians can apply for blind or disabled children under the age 18. Applicants for SSI will have to show Social Security officials a number of documents such as Social Security cards or a record of their Social Security number birth certificate or other proof of age, information about the home where they live, payroll slips and other information about their income, and proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status.

The information above is reprinted from Working with Seniors: Health, Financial and Social Issues with permission from Society of Certified Senior Advisors® . Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved.