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Social Security Q&A: What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Q: What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? A: SSI provides monthly income to people with limited income and financial resources. People who never worked at a job that withdrew Social Security tax won't qualify for Social Security, but may still be eligible for SSI. To be eligible, an individual must be a citizen and resident of the United States or be a noncitizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence. There are, however, some noncitizens granted a special immigration status that are also eligible. To get SSI, an individual's financial resources (savings and assets) cannot be more than $2,000 ($3,000, if married). Some resources are not counted. Recipients must be age 65 or older...

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