SSI and other state and federal benefits

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income.

It's a US government program that gives monthly payments to people who have low income not many resources.

See our SSI Guide to learn about this benefit and how to apply.

  • Go to Tools at the top of your screen and choose Topics & Guides.

Find out about other benefits:

  • Use the Social Security Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to see if your child qualifies for other state and federal benefit programs.  (It will open in a new tab on your screen)

Click on the box below to learn more:

SSI is a program of the US federal government. It gives monthly payments to people who have low income and few resources.

What can SSI do for my family? It can help pay for basic needs, like food, housing, clothing, and more. Make your family member qualify right away for Medicaid, and maybe other state insurance programs.

Go to our SSI Guide to learn about this benefit and how to apply.

How do you qualify for SSI? You must meet the guidelines for disability, income, and resources.

Qualifying for SSI. How it is different for children and adults. For ages 17 and under, the definition of disability includes life skills and SSI looks at the income and resources of the parents. For ages 18 and over, the definition of disability includes life skills as well as the ability to work and SSI just counts the income and resources that are in the person

Sources: Social Security, Jackins (2010)

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