SSI in California

by admin on September 12, 2017 · SSI for Disability


A common question for residents of the State of California receiving SSI benefits is: “Why didn’t I get a raise this year?” The reason for this is that the Governor of California suspended the Cost of Living Increase (COLA).

How did this happen?

If you receive SSI benefits in California you may be receiving payment from two sources. The Federal government pays $603 per month for SSI benefits in every State. You may not be eligible for the full amount depending on your income and living arrangement; however the maximum Federal amount in 2006 is $603. States like California pay a supplement to the Federal amount because the cost of living is so high in these states.

In California Governor Schwarzenegger lowered the State’s contribution by the amount of the Federal increase, approximately $24. For most people this caused no change in the amount they received from SSI from 2005 to 2006. (The Federal amount went up $24 and the State amount went down $24)

Some Californians are not eligible for the Federal amount in their SSI check due to other income or their living arrangement. These individuals actually saw a decrease in their SSI amount because the amount the State was paying was lowered by the amount of the Federal increase. (Approximately $24)

Can anything be done about this?

If you’re unhappy about this don’t vote to re-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger in the next election.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gigi June 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

My SSI has been lowered a total of $70 in 2 months. 2 separate decreases. I’m supposed to live on $870.00 a month because ‘The Terminator” didn’t get his way in the recent voting? Why can’t he tax the higher income bracket to save those of us that are disabled and/or handicapped from basically starving to death? I’ve been crying all day trying to figure out how to survive on this amount. And before you ask me about this computer and my internet, it’s an old clone I’ve had for over 10 years now and I pay less than $20.00 for my internet. But it looks like I’m going to have to give that up and spend more than that on gas to pay my bills since I won’t be able to afford my internet soon. But then how am I going to afford my car insurance? That idiot has me thinking about moving into a managed care facility since I can no longer afford to live on my own. I’m 48. :’(

LA Shunda March 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi, I was thinking on moving there me and my husband & now that i have heard these’s things i can say im very, very , sorry here in Ill, we haven’t got a raise in two dam years but everything is so high to live. in Illinois i receive only $674 monthly but anyway just don’t vot for him again i rent buy many of his movies i thought that he was alright person but now all i can say terminat his as out of voters area just don’t vote, if you have but if you do vote him out instead Good-Luck to ya!!

K8 May 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

i know the feeling. I’m living on 845 a month and it goes fast. i’m lucky if i have 100 to spare on groceries!

Cage June 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Gigi I agree..same boat here, Disabled and SSI. I too have cut cost and down almost to the bone, but still have full utilities and co-pay on medical supplies and meds I HAVE to have. I make today what I used to make working 40 hours a week in 1995! I have a borrowed computer and can afford the internet by having no TV and cutting back on some lesser necessities . Soon I will have to face giving up the net, and if things continue other living options such as yourself.

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