SSI Guide - Introduction

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. 

  • It is for people who have disabilities, or are over 65. This Guide focuses on those with disabilities.

  • It provides monthly payments to to people with disabilities to help them with basic costs. 

  • It can be a long and confusing process to apply, but we will walk you through it step by step.

  • We'll also help you figure out if you're likely to qualify.

To qualify for SSI, you have to meet certain guidelines:

  • Disability: there are specific criteria, which are different for children and adults

  • Income: must be below a certain limit

  • Resources: the value of things you own must be below a certain limit (like bank savings or second homes or cars)


Coronavirus Pandemic: The local SSI offices are mostly closed to in-person appointments, except in cases of urgent need. You can do all business through the website or on the phone. Click here for more info.


Social Security will keep paying any benefits that you already get. They are warning people of a scam (fraud) that is falsely telling people that benefits are suspended or discontinued. If you get a letter or phone call saying this, do not believe them and do not give any personal information or send them anything. Click here for more on the scam.