Public Assistance to Adults

PAA (Public Assistance to Adults)-The Public Assistance to Adults (PAA) program was established in 1974 as a program to supplement Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Individuals eligible at that time were those who received public assistance grants in December 1973 that exceeded benefits provided by SSI. This part of the program is now called Mandatory State Supplement. Program requirements are basically the same as other Family Investment Administration (FIA) assistance programs. Applicants must meet technical and financial eligibility criteria.

  1. The assistance unit is always one person and recipients are automatically eligible for Medical Assistance.
  2. Applicants must apply for SSI as a condition of eligibility.

While basic eligibility requirements are the same for the three types of living arrangement categories, there are significant differences among the subcategories.