An important part of retirement for many seniors is Social Security. Thankfully, Corpus Christi is home to a Social Security Administration (SSA) office. There is a wide selection of services available online, several offices in the region you can visit, and toll-free phone numbers you can call when you want help with a damaged or missing Social Security card, need to gain access to benefits, or have other queries.
There is one Social Security office within Corpus Christi’s city limits. It is located at 3801 South Port Avenue. You get there by taking exit 1C on I-37 to TX-286 South. Then, take the exit toward Tarlton Street/Port Avenue. The office will come up on your left.
You can reach any of the Social Security locations by calling the toll-free phone number (800) 772-1213. Or, you can get TDD services by contacting 800-325-0778. Both of these numbers are available during the work week from 7 am to 7 pm Central time. In addition to the Corpus Christi office, there are locations in nearby Alice, Victoria, Harlingen, and McAllen. You can use the SSA’s online office locator to find the location that is nearest you.
When you visit your closest Social Security office, you can get assistance with updating your name on your Social Security card as well as replacing cards that are lost. Also, if you are missing or have damaged your Medicare card, the office staff members will help you get a replacement card.
When retirees take part in the SSA’s “Ticket to Work” program, they can find jobs and develop their workplace skills while still receiving their benefits. This program is free and available to older adults under the age of 65 who are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In the Corpus Christi area, the program is operated by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. For more information, you can contact them at 1-888-860-5627.
Going to a Social Security office can be time-consuming, even if you live relatively close to an office. Fortunately, these days, you can go online to complete a number of Social Security-related tasks. This allows you to avoid the hassle of traveling and saves time. You can do the following online:
Fill out an application for benefits
Get a replacement Social Security card
Look at your Social Security statement
Get a Social Security benefits estimate
Appeal disability claims decisions and follow up on appeals
Find out benefit eligibility
This is just a sampling of what is available. For example, if you are a victim of domestic abuse or identity theft, you should consider using the important financial privacy feature of blocking phone and online access to your Social Security information. Additionally, you can save and download your statement data, see your updated estimated retirement benefits, and find your lifetime earnings record by signing up for a free secure account at My Social Security.
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