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September 8, 2021

Social Security Administration Announces COVID-19 Assistance Funds will not affect SSI Eligibility

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that financial assistance provided by Tribal governments to assist citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic would not be counted as income for the purposes of determining eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The SSI program is an important financial resource for low-income people who are disabled, blind, or over the age of 65. However, eligibility is governed by strict income and asset restrictions for beneficiaries. According to the Dear Tribal Leader Letter, Tribal members do not need to take an additional steps if they think that their income has been erroneously counted and the SSA will contact Tribal members if they need additional information.