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A Profile of Supplemental Security Income Recipients: 2017

Report Number P70BR-171
Katherine Giefer


This brief provides an overview of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and the households in which they lived during 2017, as reported in the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The first part of the brief focuses on the individuals who received SSI benefits. Since SSI program eligibility requirements vary by age, this analysis looks separately at three age groups: children, working-age adults, and people aged 65 and over. The second part of the brief examines the characteristics of SSI recipient households. Using SIPP data we can look more broadly at the context in which SSI recipients live. These household-level characteristics provide a better understanding of the overall well-being of SSI recipients. Additionally, a text box examines the receipt of benefits from complementary programs among SSI recipients aged 18 and older.  


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