Understanding Supplemental Security Income Introduction -- 2024 Edition


We created Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to inform beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries, advocates, and other interested agencies and organizations about SSI eligibility requirements and processes. 

Understanding SSI is general information and a reference tool. It is not necessary for you to know everything in Understanding SSI. You may simply refer to those sections that are most useful to you.

You should refer any potentially eligible individuals to us to apply for SSI or to get an answer to any question you may have. If you have any doubts about a person's eligibility, always refer them to us immediately to avoid a possible loss in benefits.

To learn more about the SSI program, proceed to our SSI links page, www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-understanding-ssi.htm, to view program information on topics such as:

To learn more about the SSI application process, applicants’ rights, and different ways to sign an application, please visit the Application Process page.

You may also access this publication in Spanish at https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/ES-17-008-SP.pdf titled Comprendiendo el programa de Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario.

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