Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a welfare program for disabled people who meet the Social Security medical and disability rules and whose income and assets are below the eligibility levels. SSI benefits do not require and are not based prior work or a family member’s prior work. In other words, no current or prior employment is required to qualify for SSI benefits. SSI provides monthly payments to persons who are blind, 65 or older, or disabled, who have little or no income and minimal assets. Children under age 18 may qualify, as well, if they meet the Social Security definition of disability for children, and if their income and assets fall within the eligibility limits.
If you are not eligible for SSDI, you may be eligible for SSI.