Treatment of Married Couples in the SSI Program

by Richard Balkus and Susan Wilschke
Issue Paper No. 2003-01 (released December 2003)

Text description for Chart 1.
Percentage of SSI recipients in poverty, by family size and number of recipients

This bar graph shows two panels, one labeled "one SSI recipient" and the other labeled "two or more SSI recipients." In both panels, the horizontal axis is labeled family size. In the "one SSI recipient panel," family size is one person, two persons, and three persons. In the panel for "two or more SSI recipients," family size is two persons married, two persons unmarried, and three persons. In both panels, the vertical axis is labeled percent, from zero to 90 in increments of 10.

In families with one SSI recipient, about 80 percent of SSI recipients in one-person families are in poverty, about 35 percent of SSI recipients in two-person families are in poverty, and about 28 percent of SSI recipients in three-person families are in poverty.

In families with two or more SSI recipients, about 44 percent of SSI recipients are in two-person married families are in poverty, about 10 percent of SSI recipients are in two-person not married families are in poverty, and about 28 percent of SSI recipients in three-person families are in poverty.