First letter: Fixed the problem within two weeks
Second letter: Fixed the problem within five days
Where do you ask for help and what kind of help do you ask for? Learn more at: How To Get Help from Your Congressperson or Senator
Letter One: Request for Quicker Backpay and First Check
I am a constituent and I am writing to ask for your help. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with any assistance or support for my situation.
I am disabled from (diagnosis). (Optional, add a few sentences about any difficult life or health or family circumstances. Brief is better.)
My Situation Now
I am becoming homeless. I have no income, no place to go, and no way to pay rent. I am in danger of being in a crisis situation. I am enclosing a copy of an eviction notice.
The good news is: I have recently been approved for Social Security Disability and I am waiting to receive my backpay and my first check. As soon as I am able to get this payment, I will be able to rent a home and take care of myself. I have already received an approval letter. I have contacted Social Security multiple times and I have also been to the local office, but my check is being delayed by their administrative process.
Request for Assistance
Would it be possible to contact Social Security on my behalf to see if there is any way to get my disability check released more quickly? I have already been approved, but I will become completely homeless if I do not receive the first check soon.
Thank you for your kindness and consideration,
Letter Two: Request to Fix an Administrative Mistake that Caused Check to Stop
I am a resident of ______________ and a constituent and I am writing to ask for your help.
I believe the social security administration made a clerical error with processing a form in my file. Because of this clerical error, I am now going into poverty and cannot pay for food and rent.
Request for Assistance
I am writing to ask if your office would be willing to inquire about this form on my behalf. I would be extremely grateful for your assistance. I tried calling social security to ask what happened but I am told that they do not know what happened.
- my name is ______________
- my social security number is ______________
- the clerical error is: ______________
- the name of the form is ______________
- this form was submitted on (this date)
- I have written proof that the form was submitted
- I have written proof that the form was received by the deadline
- When I asked social security what happened with this form I was told: “I don’t know what happened”
I am in a vulnerable situation and cannot pay for food and rent. It would help me a great deal if you could find out any information.
You do not need to send your congressperson your life story (They are busy!). But you can add a few sentences with anything else important, if you wish. Examples from readers:
- “I am a parent and my children and I are becoming homeless”
- “I am confined to a wheelchair”
- “I am homebound from severe illness”
- “I am a veteran”
- “I am experiencing debilitating pain”
- “I have been homeless for the past year”
- “My 6-year old child also has disabilities and I am her caretaker”
- “My house is being foreclosed upon and I will soon be homeless”
- “I have an eviction notice in 5 days and will become homeless”
- “My utilities will be shut off in 3 days”
- “I need medication for my condition but I cannot afford to fill the prescription.”
- “I also have no insurance or access to medical care, which I need for my disability.”
- “I had a car accident, fire, flood, or other life tragedy”
After Sending Your Letter
Both the letters above worked! But both these letters required follow-up phone calls. After you send your letter, call, call, call until they actually find and read your letter and talk to you about it. There is someone at their office who has the job of helping constituents who are having problems with federal agencies. That is their job! Ideally, you want to find and talk to that person, not the random person who answers the phone.
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🌷 Page Updated: 7/1/19
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