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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources. Individuals eligible for this service have a disability, are blind, or are age 65 or older who have not worked or do not have enough work credits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Types of services and supports that can be used for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

To qualify for SSI, individuals must be:

  • At least age 65; or
  • Blind; or
  • Have a disability

And who has:

  • Limited income and resources; and
  • Is a citizen or national of the US or an immigrant who meets certain applicable requirements OR
  • Resides in one of the 50 States, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands, except for a child of military parent(s) assigned to permanent duty anywhere outside the United States or certain students temporarily abroad

For more information about eligibility for SSI go to the Social Security Administration website.

Most people who qualify for SSI also qualify for Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Program Assistance) formerly known as Food Stamps.


Participants can apply for Social Security benefits online, over the phone, or by visiting a local Social Security office.

Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Find your local Social Security Office here.

For tips on applying, see website.

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