Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

How SSI can help low-income seniors, the disabled

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about the Supplemental Security Income program and what are the eligibility requirements? My father is very low-income, so I’m wondering if this is something he may qualify for.

Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,

Supplemental Security Income is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash benefits to people who are disabled or over 65 based on financial need. Currently, more than 8 million people receive SSI benefits. Here’s what you should know.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for SSI your dad must be either age 65 or...