SSI: How to increase benefits with SSI from $841 to $1,750

Tomorrow around 8 million individuals will be seeing their second SSI payment for 2021.

social security card with cash and government check representing SSI and social security payments

This benefit program is run through the Social Security Administration and goes to people with little income who are blind, disabled, or 65 or older.

Children under 65 who are blind or disabled qualify.

Most people that can get SSI may also get other benefits and they can add up to $1,750 per month.


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Boost SSI with Social Security benefits

When you apply for SSI it will work as a Social Security application at the same time.

If you qualify you are entitled to these benefits.

You need to have worked for a long enough period of time as well as paid Social Security taxes on your income.

Social Security is paid once per month, and if you’re eligible for both you could see another $1,658 in addition to your SSI.


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State supplement in addition to SSI

The most a person can receive in SSI in 2022 is $841.

Married couples can see up to $1,261.

Some states offer supplemental income on top of SSI.

State amounts vary, with New York offering $87 extra dollars and Alabama offering $120 to couples.


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These states offer supplemental income

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Ohio
  • North Carolina
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

These states are more specific on how they offer supplemental payments

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington, DC

These states offer no supplemental income

  • Arizona
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Northern Mariana Islands