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Social Security: Basic SSI amounts the same, but actual payments may vary

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Q: Are SSI amounts the same all across the country?

A: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is very different from Social Security although both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration.

Signed into law by President Nixon in 1972 (Public Law 92-603), SSI is need based and can provide payments to people with limited income or financial resources.

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