Monthly SSI/APA Payments:
Percent Below Alaska Poverty Level by Year, 2000-2010
The Social Security Income and Alaska Public Assistance programs provide a small amount of cash each month to assist elderly, blind, or disabled Alaskans. While the SSI payment is adjusted every year for inflation, the APA payment has not been keeping up with inflation because it is legally capped.
Figure 12 shows that the SSI/APA payment has eroded over the years in relation to the level of income that is defined each year as the Alaska poverty level. The monthly level of income defined as “poverty” in 2010 was $1,128, but the monthly SSI/APA payment was $972. The 2010 federal poverty guidelines remain unchanged from 2009.
Source: AK DHSS Division of Public Assistance