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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) that:

  • Is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
  • Provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

You can apply for SSI benefits by:

  1. Visiting to start the disability application process online. You may be eligible to apply for SSI through the online disability application.
  2. Calling SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778 if you are deaf or hard of hearing) and speak with a representative over the phone. 
  3. Call your local Social Security office to schedule a telephone appointment to file for SSI benefits.


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