Supplemental Security Income

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

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How is SSI different from Social Security Benefits?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is administered through Social Security Administration as one of the two largest of several Federal programs that provides assistance to people with disabilities. The other is the Social Security Disability program. Individuals who have a disability that meets the government’s medical criteria may qualify for benefits under one or both of these programs.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is funded by general federal tax revenues. This program is available to help adults or children who are disabled or blind, have limited income and resources, meet the living arrangement requirements, and are otherwise eligible. The monthly payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate, which may be supplemented by your state or decreased by your countable income and resources. SSI benefits are also payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.