He laments that he would have been able to keep the house had he received monthly checks from Social Security Disability Insurance.
He first applied four years ago, then applied again, then again through a hearing, then through an appeal.
His is one of 26,820 disability cases that are pending in Indiana — and more than 700,000 nationwide — that are caught in agonizing delays, a backlog that the Social Security Administration says has mushroomed.
The Social Security Administration blames it on the rising number of people seeking disability benefits, driven by baby boomers who are 50-plus, an age more prone to disabling conditions. Also, it argues that Congress has been cutting the agency’s funds short, which means that staffing levels haven’t been this low since 1972. See article here: