What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

The SSI program provides monthly income to eligible individuals who are age 65 or older, or are blind or disabled, and have limited income and financial resources. The SSI payment for an eligible individual is approximately $600 per month and $900 per month for an eligible couple. However, the rates change yearly. Current information about the SSI individual and couple’s rates is available at www.ssa.gov.

If you are married, and only one person is eligible, a portion of your spouse’s income may be counted. In addition, your financial resources (savings and assets you own) cannot exceed $2,000 ($3,000 if married). You may be eligible for SSI even if you have never worked in employment covered under Social Security.

Generally, to be eligible for SSI, an individual also must be a resident of the United States and must be a citizen or a noncitizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Also, some non-citizens granted a special status by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may be eligible.