People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
What does this measure?
The number of people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), per 1,000 residents.
Why is this important?
SSI benefits are intended to meet the basic economic needs of aged (65 and over), blind, and disabled persons with little or no income. This indicator is a measure of the number of needy individuals in the community beyond those who are receiving public assistance.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, there were 25 SSI recipients per 1,000 residents in Cayuga and 22 in Seneca, close to the rate of 23 in the state (excluding NYC). Rates increased 8% in Cayuga over the past decade, similar to the national increase but a bit below the state increase of 13%. The rate increased just 1% in Seneca. Ontario had the lowest rate (18) and Onondaga had the highest (31).
Notes about the data
The data do not necessarily reflect the number of people eligible for SSI. To receive this benefit, people must apply and be deemed eligible.