Regarding “Lines grow after Social Security office closes,” contrary to the statement issued by the Social Security Administration, some services do require a trip to a local Social Security office.
Applying for Supplemental Security Income, a need-based program for low-income aged, blind or disabled adults and children, can only be done in person at a Social Security office. Certain documents such as the Third Party Query Procedure and Summary Earnings Query that verify earnings and Social Security benefits and at one time would be sent to individuals upon request are now only available by visiting a field office. These documents are required for Ryan White funding, HIV medication assistance programs and housing programs, as well as Palm Tran bus programs for the disabled.
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