Elderly woman receives assistance with her benefits.

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a federal income supplement program designed to help the aged, blind and people with disabilities who have limited income. It provides them with cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

You can find out if your family member is eligible for SSI by completing the SSA's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool. Start the application process by visiting the Social Security Administration to learn everything you need to know about applying. Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicaid for Family Members With Special Needs provide additional information on government programs providing similar support.