From work incentive programs to retirement benefits, Social Security is vital for many San Diego seniors. San Diego residents are served by the San Francisco regional Social Security hub in Northern California. Seniors that want to apply for benefits or who are current beneficiaries can access Social Security services online, over the phone, or in person at a local office.
San Diego locals can visit one of several Social Security branches located in and around the city:
Downtown San Diego at 109 West Ash Street Northern San Diego at 8505 Aero Drive La Mesa, east of San Diego, at 7961 University Avenue El Cajon, northeast of San Diego at 846 Arnele Avenue National City, south of San Diego at 700 E 24th Street
To find the office closest to you, use the online Social Security office locator tool. You can also receive assistance over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213. An automated system is available 24/7 to help callers, or you can speak with a human representative by calling between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Deaf individuals and the hard of hearing can call the Social Security TTY number at 1-800-325-0778 for assistance.
Card services such as replacing a Social Security card or updating personal information are available at the Ash Street, El Cajon and National City Social Security office locations in San Diego. You can also visit these offices to replace your Medicare card, if needed.
Seniors on Social Security disability benefits enjoy many perks, one of which is the SSA Ticket to Work program. This disability employment program is free and completely voluntary and does not affect your Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Disabled adults up to the age of 65 can go to work and earn an income all while learning useful industry skills. You can call your local Social Security office to contact a San Diego Area Work Incentive Coordinator (AWIC) and find out more about the Ticket to Work program.
For additional education regarding Social Security programs and benefits, you can arrange for an expert to speak with your club or community group. To find a speaker in your area, contact your local AWIC, email the San Diego Public Affairs Specialist Yolanda York, or talk to the San Francisco Regional Communications Director Patricia Raymond.
You can find a variety of useful resources and tools through the Social Security Administration’s website, including:
Convenient online applications for retirement benefits, Medicare, disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income A screening tool to help applicants figure out their eligibility for different benefits Online forms to appeal decisions about disability claims An estimation calculator to figure out the value of future benefits Ways to block online and automated phone access to personal information for victims of identity theft and domestic abuse
In order to use all of these services and more, simply create a My Social Security online account. An account will also allow you to quickly view your Social Security statements, see your lifetime earnings record, download information for your personal records, or even order a new Social Security card.
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