The Effect of Income on SSI Eligibility And Cash Benefit Amount Briefing Paper
Supplemental Security Income or SSI is an economic "needs-based" program intended to supplement any income an individual may already have to meet minimum needs for food and shelter. After initial eligibility for SSI is established, SSA continues to assess the countable income of eligible individuals, couples, and deemors on a monthly basis. Countable income is that part of total income received after all applicable work incentives or other exclusions or deductions are applied. This paper will explain how SSA treats income for the SSI program. The rules apply to both the Federal Benefit as well as Federally Administered State Supplementary payments, in the States where such payments exist.