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Receiving Housing Benefits? A Trip to Social Security May Not Be Necessary

February 16, 2017 • By

Last Updated: February 16, 2017

elderly man and woman holding hands Social Security is constantly evolving to make your life easier. If you are currently receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are reapplying for benefits, or are assisting someone with their application, a trip to the Social Security office is probably not necessary even if verification of Social Security benefits is needed.

Because of a data exchange established between Social Security and HUD, most people do not need to contact Social Security for a benefit verification letter. HUD administrators processing a Re-certification Application for Housing Assistance can use their Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System to verify Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Public housing agencies, private owners, and management agents administering HUD rental assistance programs may get registration information about EIV by logging onto the following websites: go.usa.gov/x97mH  or go.usa.gov/x97m6.

If you are a new applicant for housing assistance, you can provide your HUD administrator with your Social Security award letter, Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) notice, SSA-1099, or other SSA benefit document you should have received at the beginning of the calendar year or when you began receiving benefits, whichever is later.

We created these data exchange agreements to help you get the support you need at the first point of contact, even if that’s not with Social Security.  If you do need to provide proof of Social Security benefits yourself, we have another way to save you a trip to Social Security.  You can get an instant benefit verification letter with a personal my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.


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  1. Nassa W.

    My only income is ssi & I been turnt down so many times for rental assistance & I need help ASAP might be homeless at anytime now is it anything that you could do to help me please!!!

  2. Laura F.

    I like the information for applicants to housing, thank you for posting
    Can you tell me what the REF: A or REF: D codes are referring to on an award letter? I know there is a list of these codes and what they refer to…can one be sent to me? I am qualifying applicant s for affordable housing.
    Thanks

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Laura, thank you for using our blog. For questions on codes, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  3. Kathleen J.

    trying to login…. for years ubsuccsefully

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Kathleen. We are sorry to hear you have had difficulty creating your personal my Social Security account. If you are still unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  4. LINDA M.

    I AM SEEKING ASSISTANCE WITH HOUSING. I AM ABOUT TO LOSE MY HOUSE TO FORECLOSURE OR SALE. I HAVE HAD IT UP FOR SALE SINCE JANUARY AND HAVE ONLY HAD ONE OFFER THAT WAS A TOTAL LOW BALL OFFER. I AM HOPING THAT BEFORE 6/08/2020 I CAN GET AND OFFER THAT IS ACCEPTABLE. AND GET A LITTLE MONEY. AS OF JULY I WILL BE LIVING ON ONLY 1465 A MONTH AND WITH RENT AND MEDICAL BENEFITS AND MED EXPENSES I AM PRACTICALLY BROKE BEFORE MY CHECK COMES. WITH THE QUARENTINE HAPPENING AND SHELTER IN PLACE . I HAVE HAD VERY LITTLE RESPONSE IN THE SALE OF MY HOME AND NOT ABLE TO LOOK FOR AN APARTMENT. NO ONE IS SHOWING AT THIS TIME. I FOUND A MOBILE HOME AND CAN’T GET THE LOAN I NEED PLUS SINCE THE LOSS OF MY MOM IN 2018 I LOST THE HELP IN THE PAYMENTS AT THE HOME. SO NOW IT TO MUCH FOR ME BY MYSELF. THIS IS WHAT GOT ME IN TROUBLE WITH THE HOUSE TO BEGIN WITH. PLEASE HELP ME AND TELL ME WHAT TO DO TO GET ASSISTANCE WITH RENTING OR LOT RENT TO BUY A MOBILE HOME

  5. JUANITA C.

    Federal laws should sync throughout the federal departments.it would make senior living much more simplistic, which is what we need input old age!!!!

  6. Margaret M.

    The links for HUD assistance “cannot be found”

  7. Harold H.

    Hello, I’m trying to get information on how to stop income taxes taken out of my disability check each month. Please help in solving this issue.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Harold. In order to have taxes withheld or to change the withholding amount from your Social Security benefit, you must start by printing, completing and submitting an IRS Voluntary Withholding Request Form (Form W-4V). On this form, you can choose to have 7, 10, 12, or 22 percent of your monthly benefit withheld. The Form W-4V (to withhold federal taxes from your Social Security benefits) can be returned to your local Social Security office by mail or in person. See our Benefits Planner: Withholding Income Tax From Your Social Security Benefits web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  8. Angela C.

    I gave section eight my reward letter but it varies be I work do I have to report that each month or can section eight look that information up by using my social security number

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  10. judith

    If you get Social Security and do not have housing , is it lawful for the apartment complex to demand your increase award ? I do not like giving out information that is not necessary and do not think it is the land lords business, unless our rent is supplemented by housing or HUD

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