OUTREACH TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
People who struggle with low-income, limited English proficiency, homelessness, or with mental illness have historically relied on meeting with us in person at our local offices to get the help they need. Currently, Social Security offices are open only for in-person appointments for limited, critical situations, depending upon local office conditions.
If you cannot use our online services, please call your local office or our National 800 Number for assistance. If we cannot help you by phone, your local office can determine if an in-person appointment or other option may be available to help you.
To serve those who need us most, we’ve partnered with community-based groups to launch a national outreach campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase public awareness of our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit programs and support third-party groups that are assisting vulnerable individuals to apply for benefits. The SSI and SSDI programs provide critical financial assistance, and, in many cases, grant access to healthcare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
Key components of our outreach campaign include:
· Working with community-based groups that can assist with taking applications for SSI and SSDI.
· Launching a national advertising campaign on TV, radio, and social media, with emphasis on benefits for children with disabilities.
· Adding new online tools and informational pages, including:
o Resources for people helping others access our services at www.ssa.gov/thirdparty.
o Outreach materials for partner groups working with vulnerable populations at www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/groups/vulnerable-populations.html.
o Updated information for faith-based and community groups, including a new toolkit and fact sheets about SSI and SSDI, at https://www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/groups/faithandcommunity.html.
We want to thank the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for working with us and sharing our website and products with their national network of community leaders.
We also want to thank members of the claimant advocacy community for their collaboration on this campaign. We will feature their perspectives on serving vulnerable populations on our blog over the coming weeks. Please be sure to visit and subscribe at blog.ssa.govto receive alerts when we publish new articles from our partners, and share the latest information about our national outreach campaign.
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If you have any questions, please contact me.
Assistant Manager – El Monte District Office
Social Security Administration
Phone: (866) 613-3917 ext 11803