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Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)

The SSI Program is a federally funded program which provides income support to you if you are aged 65 or older, blind or disabled. SSI benefits are also available to qualified blind or disabled children. The SSP Program is the state program which augments SSI. Both SSI and SSP benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Eligibility for both programs is determined by SSA using Federal criteria. If you qualify for SSI, you qualify for SSP. The benefits are in the form of cash assistance.

You may be eligible for SSI/SSP if you:

  • Are aged 65 or over, blind or disabled, or are a blind or disabled child;
  • File an application for SSI/SSP;
  • Meet income and resource limits;
  • Are a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and you meet certain special conditions, and are a U.S. resident;
  • Do not reside in a public institution;
  • Apply for benefits from all other programs for which you may qualify.

To learn more about the SSI/SSP eligibilitycriteria.

Where to get help

To apply for SSI/SSP, visit or callyourlocal SSI Office.


  • A public assistance program for the needy blind, disabled and aged.
  • The Social Security Administration administers both the SSI and SSP programs in California.