SSI/SSP Assists Low-Income Seniors and People With Disabilities in Every County in California, but Could Face Federal Cuts

calbudgetcenter – excerpt (Includes a chart)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides federally funded cash assistance to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities pay for housing, food, and other necessities. The maximum monthly SSI grant for most recipients in California is currently $735 per month — less than 75% of the federal poverty line for an individual. Also, California funds a State Supplementary Payment (SSP), which provides up to an additional $160.72 per month for most recipients. Yet, the combined maximum SSI/SSP grant for an individual — $895.72 per month — is still equal to only about 90% of the poverty line. Total funding for SSI/SSP will reach nearly $10 billion in 2016-17, with the federal government providing $7.2 billion and the state, $2.5 billion. Of the 10 California counties with the highest shares of residents enrolled in SSI/SSP, most — including the top three of Del Norte (7.3%), Lake (6.0%), and Siskiyou (5.9%) — are in rural areas. The efforts of Republican leaders in Washington to scale back federal support for the safety net could include reductions to SSI. Any such cuts would be a further blow to SSI/SSP recipients who already struggle with California’s high cost of living… (more)

You can view the PDF version of this Fact Sheet based on most recent 2015 data found on the California Budget and Policy Center web site

San Francisco figures:

SSI recipients under 18:                             5,880
SSI recipients 18:-64:                                 15,913
SSI recipients 64 and over:                        27,533
Total SSI recipients:                                    44,181
Share of population:                                    5.1%
Estimated SSI payment 2016-2017:        $337,290,00

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