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Understanding Supplemental Security Income
What are resources?
Why are resources important in the SSI Program?
To get SSI benefits, your countable resourcesresources must not be worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. We call this the resource limit.
Countable resourcesresources are the things you own that count toward the resource limit. Many things you own do not count.
What things do not count toward the resource limit?
The following things generally do not count toward the resource limit, no matter how much they are worth:
There are other things you own that may not count as resourcesresources for SSI. Sometimes, you might be able to get monthly benefits even if you own things that put you over the resource limit.
For more information, see the SSI Spotlight on Getting SSI Benefits While You Try to Sell Excess ResourcesGetting SSI Benefits While You Try to Sell Excess Resources.
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