You Can Help Social Security Make a Difference

This holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our less fortunate and most vulnerable citizens.

Life is unpredictable, and everyone is susceptible to experiencing homelessness. It can happen to people in our community — colleagues, military veterans, close friends, and even family members — people who might be too proud to ask for help.

When this happens, Social Security is there. We pay benefits to people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness and have accumulated enough credits from work to qualify through our disability program. We also pay benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a means-tested program for people with disabilities who meet the financial guidelines, but haven’t worked enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

People experiencing homelessness have the same rights and privileges when it comes to applying for benefits as someone who has a permanent shelter. If a person is experiencing homelessness, their benefits can be deposited directly into a personal banking account or another electronic account, or be mailed to a third party. A relative or other third party can be assigned as their representative payee.

Our website offers vital information for people experiencing homelessness and their service providers. There, you can find information about housing and filing an application for Social Security benefits.

At Social Security, we are committed to be there with you throughout life’s journey. You can help us make a positive change in someone’s life. In the spirit of the season, please help us spread this message about our services by sharing it with your loved ones and anyone who may need it. Together, we can make a difference.

Happy Holidays.

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43 thoughts on “You Can Help Social Security Make a Difference

  1. My daughter has been in dire needs these past few months. The payment center will not release her last backpay. If social security makes a difference and cares, maybe you should look into this. I’ve been trying for one year already. No one calls back and they always say they’re behind. After an initial letter was sent out to us on September 17, 2017. Hope others have a happy holiday.
    There’s a Benevidez for Doreen Mckinnon

  2. EMERGENCY EMERGENCY EMERGENCY ı have been sick since 9 months.
    liver cirrhosis and hepatid ensepoloti.I have reported to the ssa department by the Greek Consulate 6 months ago.various documents were requested.
    i sent it all.
    they told me within 12 months let you know urgent liver transplant needs to be done I’ve been waiting six months,12 months can not wait for emergency operation required.
    or you do my operation or turkey should do.see my paperwork and respond urgently.or wait for me to die..HAKAN EDİS .066-80-36-80

  3. I put application for Madicare but what happen with my benefits who is pending.anyone please help understand what the difference.

  4. I’ve been homeless 2 years been on waiting list for housing cause I don’t get enough for an apartment. I’m told you have to have 3 times the income ( $300 apartment need 900 coming in…. ) I’ve got life threatening illness without stability can’t have treatment I need. My medications resolve and break from the weather. I don’t have family don’t get enough to live….

    • Hi, Terri. We are sorry to hear about your condition and situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to work with their local Social Security office on specific questions about their case. Also, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps!

  5. Larry Dobie Sherrod Sr 1201 N Harrison Street apt 522 Wilmington 19806 cell 302 540 0202; social security called me a double dipper; and scaled me and took my money; loud speaker making negistive comment and treats; ask for a new social security Number because of fraud did not receive one; requesed sf4 and sf5; did not receive;

    • Hi, Larry. We are sorry to hear about your situation and experience. Unfortunately, your issue is a bit more than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that you continue to work with your local office. You can ask to speak to a manager on your next call or visit. We hope this helps.

  6. I could use some help trying to set up my account…apparently I don’t understand some part, but have tried, and I feel failed

  7. I was at the social security in Redford Michigan and I was seen by a men Customerservice rep I’m not going say his name but he was rude and I ask him can I get a manager name or phone number because I been up to the office three times to summit a waiver and I still have not heard back from anyone and it’s been 6 months. He got mad and called security because I ask for a manager name and number.

  8. What day this month will my social security be direct deposited this month?

    Would it be on Christmas cause that’s the day it’s normally in my bank the last Tuesday of the month..

  9. My disable son turn 18 before graduation from high school. He was getting ssi since birth and when his father started to get retired benefits my son benefits status change. When my son turn 18 on 4/14/18 ,my son benefits stop. Then my son applied for SSI, and others it was a nightmare from hell. Get my son a lot stressful time ,he couldn’t function well graduation was coming even though he was going to therapy, doctors it was to stressful for us. He got a scholarship for college mean time we continued following everything with SS offices come the time for there doctor appointment and then denial letter after thar. Put my son under so much pressure that with 22 disabilities and one is autistic spectrum , taking 3 classes at Wilmington University he for the first time left my home twice and the second time the police put a gold alert they found Charles with his father but he still not communicated with me. It hurts so much all the hard work we put to have a good life. That’s my story. I will wish a happy Holidays to all and peace in this world.

  10. I have enough work credits to revive SSD but according to SS my TV Lawyer filled a little late the reason was I was taking care of my Father a Hero to me he went to WWII at 17 yrs old cause it was the rite thing to do he served Honorably I promised him I wouldn’t throw him in a nursing home now I’m screwed I’m Lucky if I live 2 more yrs don’t know we’re im gonna live on 800$ a month Sincerely Joek

  11. I am trying really hard to get to PASS and it’s not what I can say is easy to talk to anyone, to achieve the forms and I don’t know but yiu’d think you would prefer to see me paying in and exceeding any and all reasonable expectations but at the expense end it’s difficult to purchase printer ink and a little help would go a long way I can just see it now and I cannot have $3k or earn $84.99 a month that’s really not what I want to do with the time I have left

  12. When I first started on disability my review was said to be every 3 years. I’m now going to be 59 this year. How can I get it changed to a 5 or 7 year review? I have student loans I would like to have forgiven but can’t. I am unable to work due to Minere’s disease. And other medical issues. I have been on disability since 2010.
    I only ask this because SSI is my only real income, I do receive a small retirement under $200 a month. After having 2 seizures I am becoming forgetful and almost forgot to reapply for my income based payment plan I have to do each year. I couldn’t afford a student loan payment and would really love to apply for forgiveness.

    Thank you
    Traci Wilson

    • Hello Traci, you are not alone on this battle. I get $750 which changed to $771 this year (2019), rent is $500/mo, utilities $80/mo, food is $10 (Foodstamps), and student loans $40,000… I live alone in an apartment… yet so far no help towards the student loans pardon because of being every 2yrs instead of 7yrs review…

  13. Why can’t a US citizen, fully Social Security qualified, currently living in Canada be able to set up a “My Social Security” online account?
    No access is archaic!

    • Hi Charlie, thank you for your question. At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or access your online account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet.

      Even though you are unable to create or access a my Social Security account, you may still file for benefits online.

      For additional assistance, please use the Canadian Service Area Directory to determine which Resident Office is near you.

    • Hi, Sandy. Generally, you will need to have 40 credits, or 10 years of work paying Social Security taxes, to qualify for any type of Social Security benefit. In addition, to qualify for disability benefits, you generally need to have worked for five out of the last 10 years before you became disabled. The rules are different for younger workers who become disabled. For a complete explanation of credits needed for the different types of benefits, visit our Benefits Planner: Social Security Credits. Thanks.

  14. How can get the rest of my back pay i won’t get. Until July i need sooner. I don’t need. All. I just want. $2500. I need it. For deposit. I moveing i have until April 8th. What is the process to get my back pay . Martha S Ricca . (831)2768272

    • Hi, Martha. Unfortunately, your issue is a bit more than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can contact your local Social Security office. You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  15. I would like to state, after not being able to work for a few years due to illness and having gone through all the necessary steps with social security, I was literally about to become homeless on the very day I called social security and explained my situation and I am so grateful that the person with whom I spoke, heard my dire situation and took action to get me the money I had been waiting for and I was able to avoid eviction and did not end up homeless like many others have.

    To this day, I am very grateful and although I worked hard for many years, I do not take any of this for granted.

  16. Across this nation there are many people with empty bed rooms in homes that would like to loan them to those in need. But due to State & Local regulations can’t. Those regulations need to change to allow those want to open their homes can do so. A vetting process would need to be established so neither party is endangered or taken advantage of & are well paired. It would provide needed company & assistance while providing much needed shelter, food & basic utilities to those in need.

    Possibly some type of tax credit could be granted to each party.

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