I am often asked how much money will I get when I win my Social Security case and collect SSI. I will give you a rough idea in the chart below. The SSI payment in California consists of two parts: a portion paid by the federal government and a portion paid by the State of California. The federal portion in 2008 is $637.00 to a single person and $956.00 for a couple. The State of California adds to that portion to make the total amount $870.00 for a single person and $1524.00 for a couple. Not every person receives the maximum amount. The amount could be different if a person has other income. Here is the chart for an individual/couple living independently in 2008:
Elderly Blind Disabled
$870.00/$1524.00 $935.00/$1751.00 $870.00/$1524.00
I will publish the amounts for 2009 in January.