By Cozette Eldridge

White Pine Co. Field Representative 

I first heard of SSI when it was included in our client application, but I had no idea what it was. After some research, I found out SSI is Supplemental Security Income, a government assistance program that provides help for low-income seniors in the form of monthly cash payouts to cover basic costs related to food, shelter, and clothing. SSI benefits provide help for blind, disabled, and those over the age of 65 who have limited income and resources. As of January 2018, the maximum monthly payout under SSI is $750 for an individual and $1,125 for a couple.                                                           

The SSI program is run by the Social Security Administration, and when you apply for SSI, you are also applying for Social Security benefits, if you don’t already receive them. However, SSI is actually a separate program and is not funded by Social Security taxes. That means, unlike Social Security benefits, SSI benefits are not based on your work history.                               

Additional financial help for seniors with low income is available in many areas. Most states provide supplemental payments to people receiving SSI benefits. Each state has its own rules about who is eligible and how much they are entitled to receive. Supplement amounts often depend on a persons’ marital status and whether he or she is living independently, receiving home care, or residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility.                            

In some states, the supplemental program is run by the federal Social Security Administration, so an application for SSI benefits is also an application for the state supplement. Other states have their own agencies that run the supplemental program, which means you’ll have to apply directly with that agency in order to receive the additional benefit.                                              

SENIOR CENTER LUNCH MENU        

APRIL 29-MAY 3                                                                  

MON. Vegetable Beef Soup, Tuna Mac Salad, Roll, Tropical Fruit Cup                      

TUES. Pork Chops, Baked Potato, Mushroom Gravy, Carrots, Salad, Fruit Mix            

WED.                                                                          

THURS.                                                                         

 FRI.