About 8 million Americans will be getting SSI checks in the coming days.
For many, it still isn’t enough to pay for basic necessities.
Supplemental Security Income program
The latest round of SSI checks will go out Friday, July 1, 2022. The program provides financial support to needy people 65 or older, blind or disabled adults, and blind or disabled children.
There are specific eligibility requirements. You can apply for SSI benefits online, over the phone at 1-800-772-1213, or at your local Social Security office.
Not everyone gets the same SSI payment. Income like wages, pensions, or Social Security benefits could reduce your benefit. Your benefit could also be reduced if you live with a spouse that also has income.
In order to qualify for SSI, you must be a US citizen or a national of the US, but some noncitizens can qualify as well. Another requirement is that you must live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
There are exceptions for children of military parent(s) that have been assigned to permanent duty outside the US and for students temporarily studying abroad to continue to receive SSI payments while outside of the US.
What are the SSI amounts for 2022?
In December 2021, SSI benefits increased 5.9% because of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The COLA is an annual increase to account for inflation.
The maximum federal amount for an SSI benefit is $841. For am individual with an eligible spouse, the monthly maximum is raised to $1,261.
An essential person is someone who lives with an SSI claimant and provides essential care. The monthly benefit for them is $421.