Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Eligibility Criteria: Take the online Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool linked at www.ssa.gov to see if you are eligible for SSI. Low income adults over 65 are eligible even if not disabled. Disabled adults with substantial work experience are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD).