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SSI: How much is the Supplemental Security Income benefit?

Low-income and disabled households can get up to $1,261 a month.

Social Security benefits

The program is known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).


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Who qualifies for SSI benefits?

SSI is run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This program is aimed to assist people over 65 and people who are blind, disabled, and have little to no income. In order to qualify, your assets can’t exceed $2,000, or $3,000 for couples.

Social Security doesn’t count everything in your assets. The following things are excluded:

  • your home/land you live on
  • life insurance policies with a  value of $1,500 or less
  • your car (usually)
  • burial plots for you and members of your immediate family
  • up to $1,500 in burial funds for you and up to $1,500 in burial funds for your spouse

You must also be live in the US and be a citizen to claim the benefit. You can check to see if you qualify using the SSA eligibility tool.

The benefit is intended to help pay for basic necessities. The amount of the monthly benefit depends on your personal circumstances. In 2022, the maximum monthly benefit is $841. For couples, the maximum benefit is $1,261.

If you are interesting in applying you can call 1-800-772-1213 or on the SSA website.


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