Supplemental Security Income - State Supplementary Payment
- 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.
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.