En español | The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is likely to disrupt September mailings of monthly Social Security benefit checks in hard-hit areas of Texas. And though nearly 99 percent of recipients in Texas get benefits by direct deposit, some of those will have trouble getting access to their funds.
More than 4 million Texas residents are Social Security beneficiaries, including over 2.6 million retirees and 564,700 disabled workers.
The U.S. Postal Service has listed locations where paper checks will be made available for pickup. In addition, recipients can also go to any Social Security office and request immediate payments, although the storm has forced the closure of five Houston locations, along with offices in Angleton, Beaumont, Conroe, League City, Pasadena, Port Arthur, San Antonio South and Victoria. Call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) or check www.socialsecurity.gov/locator to locate the nearest open offices and operating hours.
Social Security offices in the Louisiana towns of Alexandria, DeRidder, Lake Charles, Leesville and Natchitoches that were previously closed because of storm conditions are now open.
Most Social Security services can be conducted online through a mySocialSecurity account. Those 18 and older can sign up for a mySocialSecurity account.