In-person appointments with Social Security based on “dire need.”

Social Security is only making dire-need personal appointments during the Covid pandemic.  Like many offices, they remain closed to the general public for the duration of the situation. 

Dire need exists when you:

  • Are without food or shelter, including utilities or are without medical care or coverage and need to apply for or reinstate benefits.
  • Currently receive benefits and have an urgent need for payment to meet expenses for food, shelter, or medical treatment, and you cannot receive the payment electronically.

If you believe you qualify for an in-person appointment, call your local office. You can look up the phone number for your local office by accessing our office locator. Please note that appointments may not be immediately available, depending on local health and safety conditions and staffing.