California monthly SSI payments for 2009

On December, 7, 2008, I wrote a post about the amount of money you could collect if you were in California and win SSI in 2008.  I mentioned that I would write another post in January for the amount in 2009.  Here is that post!

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 2009 is $674.00 to a single person and $1011.00 for a couple.  (You can see the actual figures posted on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website here.   The State of California adds to that portion to make the total amount $907.00 for a single person and $1579.00 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 2009:

Elderly                                 Blind                              Disabled

$907.00/$1579.00         $972.00/$1806.00          $907.00/$1579.00

You may access the complete chart for all categories here: 2009-ssi-amounts-for-california

California monthly SSI payment amounts for 2008

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.

House passes “SSI extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act.”

It is currently our law that asylees and refugees may receive SSI disability for a period of seven years.  If they do not become citizens in seven years, they will be cut off of SSI.  There have been many instances of people losing SSI, through no fault of their own, because they were not yet citizens.  One of the most common reasons was due to the extended period of time it was taking for the Department of Homeland Security to adjudicate citizenship applications.

 

It appears that some new legislation may help to remedy this situation.  On September 17, 2008, the House passed H.R. 2608, “SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act.”  This bill will provide from 2008-2010, extensions of SSI for refugees, asylees and certain other humanitarian immigrants.  The extension will basically allow people to collect benefits for nine years instead of being cut off at seven. 

 

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), this bill, previously passed by the Senate, now will go to President Bush for his signature.  He is expected to sign it into law.  It is a little to late for many people who could have benefited from the bill, but it will be nice for those in the future who need the extra time.