COVID-19 automatic individual stimulus payments to SSI recipients

SSI recipients will receive the federal individual stimulus payments automatically.  The payments will be made by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card or paper check depending on how the recipient normally receives their SSI benefits.   SSI recipients should receive the payment by early May.

SSI recipients who have dependent children will need to register on the Internal Revenue Service portal or file a tax return to receive the payment for their dependents.

The individual stimulus payment will not be considered income for purposes of SSI and will be excluded as a resource for 12 months.  (Department of the Treasury Press Release, April 15, 2020.)