How to Apply for SSI Benefits While Social Security Field Offices are Closed

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how to apply for SSI benefits while social security field offices are closed

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all Americans — especially those who are disabled or elderly. Apart from being more vulnerable to the virus, those whose income fall below certain limits also face difficulties in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Typically, SSI applicants visit Social Security field offices to apply for benefits. So, when the Social Security Administration closed 1,200 of its field offices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, SSI applicants were left with few options for filing for benefits, which average $560 per month. 

Now, most applicants are calling the SSA to request the 23-page application by mail. When the application finally arrives, they must complete the application on their own.

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