Social Security Announces Next SSI Payment Date

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By: Richard S

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Millions of beneficiaries will receive their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) on August 1. Depending on personal circumstances, these payments can be as much as $943 per individual. This assistance supports individuals with debilitating disabilities that negatively impact their income, ensuring they have financial aid to manage their daily needs.


Individuals filing alone can receive a maximum monthly payment of $943. Couples filing jointly can get up to $1,415. Additionally, essential persons—those who provide necessary care to SSI recipients—are entitled to up to $472 as compensation for their services. These amounts, like regular Social Security retirement benefits, have seen a 3.2% increase due to the annual cost-of-living adjustment accounting for inflation.


SSI is a highly personalized program, tailored to individual needs and circumstances. The SSA specifies that to be eligible for SSI, applicants must be at least partially blind or have a physical or mental condition that severely limits their daily activities for 12 months or more, or that can be expected to result in death.

Payment Adjustments

Your SSI payment is adjusted based on your income and living arrangements. If you earn money from work, your SSI payment will decrease by about $1 for every $2 you earn. Non-work income, such as disability benefits, unemployment benefits, and pensions, can also affect your SSI payments differently. For every $1 you receive from these sources, your SSI payment is reduced by approximately $1.

Living Situation Impact

Your living situation significantly impacts your SSI benefits. If you live in someone else’s home and do not contribute your fair share for food and shelter, your payment can be reduced by up to $334.33. This reduction is due to in-kind support and maintenance, which includes necessities and shelter provided by someone else. If you live with a spouse, their income can affect your SSI amount, and children receiving benefits who live with their parents may see their payments reduced based on their own or their parents’ income.


Certain sources of income, like alimony and child support, are not counted if you:

  • Live alone and pay for your own housing
  • Live only with your spouse and minor children, with no outside help for food and shelter
  • Live with others but pay your share for food and shelter

The SSA has relaxed rules around food to account for inflation and rising costs, allowing friends and family to provide more support without risking benefit reduction.


SSI payments differ from regular Social Security benefits. Receiving Social Security benefits does not automatically qualify someone for SSI. The SSA offers a calculator for beneficiaries to determine their exact payment amounts.

In summary, SSI provides vital financial support to individuals with disabilities, ensuring they can meet their basic needs. The program’s personalized nature and adjustments based on income and living situations ensure that support is tailored to those most in need.


Who is eligible for SSI benefits?

Individuals who are at least partially blind or have a severe physical or mental disability.

How does earned income affect SSI payments?

SSI payments decrease by about $1 for every $2 earned from work.

Can living with others reduce my SSI payment?

Yes, if you do not contribute your fair share for food and shelter.

Is alimony counted as income for SSI?

No, alimony is not counted as income if specific living conditions are met.

Does receiving Social Security benefits qualify me for SSI?

No, receiving Social Security benefits does not automatically qualify you for SSI.

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