FAQs regarding CalFresh Benefits for SSI Beneficiaries are covered in this article. Prior to June 1, 2019, recipients of SSI/SSP were not qualified for CalFresh. With the passage and signing of a new law by the California Assembly, that has since altered. Older individuals and people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income and/or California State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) payments are now eligible to obtain food stamps in California for the first time ever. Benefits for SSI and SSP are unchanged and unaffected. We are aware that SSI/SSP beneficiaries are concerned about the implications of this on their benefits.
The most frequently asked questions about CalFresh for SSI Recipients are addressed in this post, along with information on what happens if you are receiving SSI while living in a home that is already receiving SNAP assistance.
In addition, we will discuss how much food stamps you might get if you are accepted, as well as whether your SSI income counts toward CalFresh.
What is SSI?
Supplemental Security Income is shortened as SSI. This program is managed by Social Security. People with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or 65 or older receive monthly benefits. Children who are blind or disabled may also be eligible for SSI.
A State Supplementary Payment, or “SSP,” is added to the SSI payment in California.
Up until June 2019, California was the only state in the union to prevent SSI recipients from being eligible for CalFresh.
This made the state’s SSI beneficiaries even more hungry and poor, forcing many of them to rely on neighborhood food pantries, food banks, and hot meal programs for their daily nutrition.
SSI/SSP Recipients: Do They Qualify for CalFresh?
In the summer of 2019, the majority of SSI recipients, both individuals and SSI couples, will become eligible for CalFresh for the first time.
They’ll have to apply by phone, in person, or online. If they are approved, they will receive an EBT card with the CalFresh benefit loaded onto it each month.
The average CalFresh benefit for a one-person household is $130 per month. Benefits will vary depending on the circumstances of the household.