Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program of the US federal government.
It's run by the Social Security Administration.
The program gives monthly payments to people who have low income and few resources, and who are:
Disabled (at any age), or
Age 65 or older
In this Guide, we focus on those who are disabled. The purpose of the payments is to help with basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
SSI is meant to bring someone up to a certain minimum level of income.
This minimum level is called the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR).
The FBR is set by the federal government and updated each year to reflect changes in the cost of living. This year there was a 0.3% increase in Cost-of-Living Adjustment benefits, so there was a 0.3% increase in SSI payment amounts since December 30, 2016.
The monthly maximum payments for 2016 are $733 if single, and $1,100 if married.
If your child qualifies for SSI, there are certain things that may reduce their benefit amount: things like free food and rent that you give them as parent(s).
We'll explain all of this in more detail as you go through the Guide! (See the sections in the menu on the left)
Source: Social Security, Jackins (2010).