SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. It is provided by the Social Security Administration and young people may qualify for it if they are blind or disabled. Typically a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that severely limits daily functions. - Search for a local Social Security office near you below.
The best place to start to explore public benefits is to visit you local Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). Eligibility workers will help determine programs that will assist with your particular situation. The programs available can include Medi-Cal, General Relief (cash assistance), CalFresh, CalWorks, as well as job programs.
When you visit a DPSS office you should be prepared with proof of income, identity, and proof of expenses. You can also apply for programs online here: dpss benefits
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