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Supplemental Security Income and Cash Assistance

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance program for U.S. citizens and some non-citizens who are disabled, blind, or at least 65 years old. Only those with limited income and resources can qualify for monthly checks in an amount based on the individual’s circumstances.

In Arizona, the Department of Economic Security’s Aging Adult Administration and Family Assistance Administration administer SSI and other Cash Assistance (CA) programs. Even if you believe you will not qualify for more than a very small amount of SSI/CA funding, it may be worth your while to apply for such assistance. As a recipient, you are automatically eligible for free health benefits under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Those with special needs may also qualify for other benefits such as assistance with housekeeping.

How do I apply for benefits?

Benefits must be requested using an official application form. An application form may be requested from any Arizona Department of Economic Security Family Assistance Administration (FAA) local office, by phone or by mail. To find an FAA local office near you, check the on-line office locator. Applications may also be obtained from various other agencies and social organizations or can be downloaded by visiting the FAA website.

 

This website has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this website is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from state-to-state or county-to-county, so that some information in this website may not be correct for your situation. Finally, the information contained on this website is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this website cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

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