If you are nearing retirement, you are probably looking more into your social security benefit, how to apply, and how much to expect. You are not alone as more than 660,000 Texans age 65 and over receive Social Security as of 2014. In Harris County, 29,037 senior citizens receive the monthly benefit. Tasks like applying for retirement, reporting a lost card, and updating your information is easy with new online tools or visiting a field office near you.
Most of Houston’s Social Security offices are closed between 4:00PM and 4:30PM Monday through Friday. You can find locations at:
16200 Dillard Drive 8989 Lakes at 610 Drive 9945 Bissonnet Street 5414 Aldine Mail Route Road
You can also find Social Security Administration offices outside Sugar Land and in Pasadena. If you would prefer to speak with staff members, you can call 1-800-772-1213 toll-free during the week between 7AM and 7PM. The staff consists of federal employees trained to answer your questions and help you apply for benefits. You can conduct some business using the SSA’s digital voice response system. If you need a TDD line, you can call 1-800-325-0778 during normal business hours. You can find a local office as well as directions by entering your zip code into SSA’s office locator field.
Services for seniors are easily accessible both by phone and online. You can save both time and transportation costs by calling the above toll-free number and accessing the automated services.
A few of the automated services available include:
Request benefit verification letters and replacement tax summaries Request a replacement Medicare card Request a form to help with Medicare prescription costs Learn about your claim status Find your local office Apply or replace a Social Security card Update your information
If you are under the age of 65 and receive Social Security disability, you may be eligible for the Ticket to Work Program in Houston. The program can help you find work or re-enter the workforce without losing your SSI or SSDI benefits. Houston’s Ticket to Work program works with the Houston Center for Independent Living (HCIL). To learn more, contact the helpline at 1-866-968-7842 or for TDD at 1-866-833-2967 to speak with a community work incentives coordinator.
If visiting a local office isn’t an option in your circumstance, you can access the SSA’s website to print forms and mail them to the office. You will have access to tools and information by creating a “my Social Security” account for free. Over 23 million people use the site to:
Request forms Request replacement Social Security and Medicare cards Request benefit verification letters Update address and phone number Update your direct deposit information Access a retirement estimator Access calculators regarding benefits
The site provides information about benefits concerning retirement, disability, Medicare, SSI, and surviving spouses. You can also use the SSA’s site to appeal a decision.
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