Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based program for people who who are ineligible for SSDI due to never working or not accumulating enough work credits. The disability criteria is the same as for SSDI. In addition to the disability the total assets (not including primary residence and one car) must be less than $2,000 for an individual and less the $3,000 for a couple.
- Strictly needs based according to income and assets
- Financed by general revenues that the Treasury Department collects. (Tax dollars etc)
- For those that have never worked or not accumulated enough credits to qualify for SSDI
- If eligible for SSI also eligible for Medicaid
- Benefit types
- Aged (65 and older)
- Disability (any age, includes children)
- Blindness (any age, includes children)
More information can be found on the Social Security Administrations website.