How Can I Apply for Benefits?
Path Program has outreach specialists in many shelters, day programs and housing advocate agencies. They can help you apply for Social Security benefits and will support you through the process. You can access them through various programs or call 781-734-2025.
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
To apply for EAEDC benefits and food stamps together you need to show that you are unable to work at this time due to a disability or age (65 years). As part of the application process you must show that you have applied for benefits at a Social Security Office. The Department of Transitional Assistance also has programs for families with dependent children, family shelters, food stamps and emergency assistance.
Cambridge and Somerville Residents
Cambridge and Somerville Residents are now served by the Chelsea office at 80 Everett Ave., Chelsea. 617- 551-1700. Take the T to Haymarket, transfer to the 111 bus, to Everett Ave and walk to office. DTA also has workers at CAAS, 66-70 Union Square, #108, Somerville, on Wednesdays from 9-5 to process new applications. Call 617-623-1392 for an appointment. Boston residents use either Dudley Square 2201 Washington St Roxbury office 617-989-6000 or Newmarket Sq.Office 1010 Mass Ave, Boston. 617 989-2200. Call for information about applying 1-800-249-2007.
Applying for Social Security Benefits
Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
You can apply for either of these benefits at a local Social Security Office. If you are homeless when you apply, be sure you let them know. Have a list of all your doctors, clinics, Health Care for the Homeless providers, mental health providers as well as a list of any medications you take. Often benefits are denied at first. It is important to appeal and to find out why you were denied so you can get additional information to help your application. It is helpful to have a case manager assist you with the application process. You can give Social Security or DTA the name of your case manager or of someone else you trust who can receive mail relating to your case. If you move around they will be able to let you know about necessary appointments or deadlines.
Boston Social Security Office
10 Causeway Street, 1st floor, Boston
(near Fleet Center, North Station T stop)
Cambridge & Somerville Social Security Office
10 Fawcett Street, Cambridge
(Take #78 bus from the upper level bus terminal at Harvard Sq. T station, Fawcett St is after the Concord Ave rotary).
Other locations call 1 800-772-1213 with your zip code to find the right office.
There are many agencies that will help you apply for benefits. If you don’t have someone to help ask at any of the day programs. You can also ask housing advocates, mental health providers, and primary health providers. Health Care for the Homeless providers are good resources. Ask the shelter staff or the Multi Service Center staff to direct you to someone who can help.
Applying for Health Insurance
Hospitals have offices to help you apply for health insurance. You can also ask a case manager or health care provider for an application.
Cambridge Health Alliance Patient Helpline 1-877-637-2273
Call for help applying for health insurance. They will tell you where you can apply and what information and documents you will need to apply. Staff speak English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Spanish.
Mass Health Customer Service
Call to get forms and for help applying. Staff speak English and Spanish. You can download the Medical Benefit Request Form in English and Spanish at http://www.mass.gov/masshealth.
Health Care for All Health Helpline
Call for help over the phone with applications for Mass Health, Commonwealth Care, and free care-Safety Net. They provide general health care information, legal help with appeals, and tips on getting through the health system.
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