Signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) works in tandem with Social Security to protect low-income seniors and people with severe disabilities against the worst effects of poverty. The modest income support from SSI gives seniors and people with disabilities who have limited income and resources the ability to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, and pay for needed, often life-sustaining medications.
Disability can strike at any time. As part of our nation’s Social Security system, Supplemental Security Income plays a key role in helping millions of Americans and their families maintain dignity and independence. Congress must preserve and strengthen SSI to ensure the economic security of some of our most vulnerable neighbors and their families.
The Center for Budget & Policy Priorities is an excellent resource for up-to date information and data about the programs.