Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Adults

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program that also provides benefits. In addition to being aged, blind, or disabled, eligible persons’ income and resources must fall below $1070 per month for non-blind and $1800 for blind individuals. An individual can receive both SSDI and SSI if the SSDI amount is low enough to keep that person below the SSI income and resource limits.

Who is Eligible

  • Aged/retired, blind or disabled persons with little to no income.

Complete this questionnaire to determine if an individual qualifies for SSI. 

Why Apply

Provides qualified persons with cash benefits to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

To Apply For

Learn the steps of how to apply online at the SSA website.

To apply:

  • Call (800) 772-1213; or
  • Apply online here; or
  • In person at a local office. Click here for a list of office locations

If the initial application is denied, the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children may be able to assist with an appeal.

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What someone needs to apply:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Birth or baptismal certificate;
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals and clinics that cared for an individual and dates of their visits;
  • Names and dosage of all medicine taken;
  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers that you have in your possession;
  • Laboratory and test results;
  • A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did; and
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.

Links to Important Resources

Learn more about SSI.


Topics: Supplemental Security Income
Last updated August 15, 2017

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