Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance program for people who are 65 or older and for people of any age who are disabled or blind. SSI is for people with little income and few assets. SSI is funded by the federal government. The Massachusetts SSI State Supplement Program (SSP) provides additional benefits.
Am I eligible for SSI?
To get SSI, you must be disabled, blind, or age 65 or older, and must meet the income limits and resource limits. You must live in the United States and either be a citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
SSI Eligibility Check
The MassResources.org SSI Eligibility Check is an easy way for you to find out if you are likely to qualify for SSI benefits. After you answer a set of questions about your living situation, your age, how much money you have, and the value of things you own, you will see the results of the eligibility check right away, on your computer screen.
What benefits will I get?
SSI cash assistance in Massachusetts includes a federal SSI benefit and/or a state-funded SSI State Supplement Program (SSP) benefit. The amount you get each month depends on your personal situation. The maximum SSI/SSP benefit for a single person age 65 or older paying full living costs is about $800 per month. The more income you have, the lower your SSI payment will be. You will also be eligible for MassHealth, food stamps, disaster and moving expenses, burial expenses, and fuel assistance.
How do I apply?
Worcester residents can apply for SSI at the Social Security Administration office, 51 Myrtle St., Worcester, MA 01608, telephone 508-753-4105. Social Security also has a toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. You can apply in person or by phone.
How do I use my benefits?
You may choose to have your SSI payment deposited directly into your bank account or Direct Express debit account, or you may have a check sent to you by mail.
More information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is on our statewide web site, MassResources.org. When you click on the link below, you will go to MassResources.org. Click "Back" on your browser to return to WorcesterResources.org.