SSI is a federal income supplement program managed by SSA. Although SSA manages the program, SSI is not funded through Social Security taxes, but by U.S. Treasury general funds. The SSI program makes monthly payments to individuals with limited income and resources who are:
- Age 65 or older; or
- Meet SSA’s definition of disability
- Meet certain other requirements regarding citizenship status and residency, and other technical requirements.
Basic SSI amounts are uniform nationwide. However, many states add money to the basic benefit.