Supplemental Security Income (SSI): The Basics
updated June 28, 2019
People who are disabled, blind, or elderly may not be able to work or afford to live on their own. If you can’t work, have no other sources of income, and have limited resources, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The federal government created the SSI program to help people in this situation. Those who qualify for SSI benefits get monthly cash payments to pay for those basic needs. The SSI program is run by the Social Security Administration. In California, people who get SSI also get a smaller benefit from the State Supplemental Program (SSP) included with their monthly SSI benefit. For most people, the maximum possible SSI benefit (including the SSP) is $931.72 for an individual and $1,564.14 for a couple. If you’re blind, the maximum is $988.23 for an individual and $1,715.19 for a couple