Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes):
It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
What is SSI?
SSI makes monthly payments to people who have low
income and few resources, and who are:
• Age 65 or older;
• Blind; or
Rules for getting SSI
Whether you can get SSI depends on your income and
resources (the things you own).
Income is money you receive such as wages, Social
Security benefits, and pensions. Income also includes
such things as food and shelter. The amount of income
you can receive each month and still get SSI depends
partly on where you live.
Social Security doesn’t count all of your income when we
decide whether you qualify for SSI. For example, we do
• The first $20 a month of most income you receive;
• The first $65 a month you earn from working and half
the amount over $65;
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
benefits, formerly known as food stamps;
• Shelter you get from private nonprofit organizations;
• Most home energy assistance.
If you’re married, we include part of your spouse’s
income and resources when deciding if you qualify for
SSI. If you’re younger than age 18, we include part of
your parents’ income and resources. And, if you’re a
sponsored noncitizen, we may include your sponsor’s
income and resources.
If you’re a student, some of the wages or scholarships you
receive may not count.
Contact SSD Solutions Today
If you are filing a claim with the SSA, please contact us today at SSD Solutions. We are standing by to put our experience and resources to work for you.