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Supplemental Security Income - State Supplementary Payment

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  • 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.
  • Benefits are in the form of cash assistance.

For Whom

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 eligibility criteria for SSI/SSP and how the program operates, click on the link in the left navagation bar.

Where to get help

To apply for SSI/SSP, visit or call a local SSA office. Locations of an SSA office near you can be found in the telephone directory under "United States Government."


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