According to the Texas State Government’s annual disability review, Texas has maintained a steady percentage of disabled residents over the past decade — around 11.5% of the total population.
However, with Texas’ population steadily on the rise, this still means tens of thousands more residents have qualified as disabled in Texas over the last few years.
And yet, Social Security disability benefits are being awarded less now than at any point in the past five years.
To give yourself the best chance at receiving benefits in Texas, you must know the lay of the disability benefits landscape. Continue below to learn more about local Social Security resources in the Houston, TX area.
Social Security Office Houston
Address: 8989 Lakes at 610 Drive, Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (800) 772-1213
MON: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
TUES: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
WED: 09:00 AM—12:00 PM
THUR: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
FRI: 09:00 AM — 04:00 PM
SAT & SUN: CLOSED
Directions To The SSA Office, Houston:
By car: Houston’s major SSA office is located just before Southwest Houston off of the I-610W. From here, take exit 1C onto Kirby Drive, turn right onto W Bellfort Ave, and after .4 miles, make a right onto Lakes at 610 Drive.
Disability accessible parking is available in the large lot in front of the building.
By public transit: Many, many bus lines pass through this Social Security office Houston location.
The majority of these buses pass through Fannin South Transit Center, where the 8 bus towards West Bellfort drops you off directly in front of the building at the W Bellfort Ave @ Lakes at 610 Drive stop.
The 84 bus running north/south from West Bellfort also drops patrons off at this stop.
Houston’s Social Security ODAR Offices
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is where applicants can appeal their denied claims. Hearings are scheduled and held here in front of administrative law judges (ALJs) who can potentially reverse a case decision.
Because of Houston’s size, there are two Houston ODARs which you can visit to schedule appointments, each with their own ALJs and case statistics.
Address: 4015 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77032
Phone: (877) 850-7829
Average Hearing Wait Time: 12.00 months
Average Processing Time: 390 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 2.22
Address: 9945 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77036
Phone: (866) 779-5456
Average Hearing Wait Time: 18.50 months
Average Processing Time: 561 days
Average Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ: 2.39
Houston’s Congressional and Senatorial Offices
The process of waiting for a disability application decision can be difficult and lengthy. However, there are a few ways you may be able to speed up the decisions process.
One way is by contacting a local disability attorney for assistance with moving your case along. Another is by calling your local government offices to receive a check-up on your application status.
Benefits of Disability Attorneys
Disability attorneys are one of the best resources you can use during your application process. Their knowledge of Social Security and tried-and-true techniques can elevate your application to the best it can be. They are especially invaluable in court, should you need to file an appeal in front of an ALJ.
More than anything, their services are unpaid unless (and until) you win your case. Even then, their payment is capped at 20% of your initial earnings, all of which is handled by the Social Security Administration on your behalf.
Before you take your next step towards the benefits you deserve, consider a free consultation with a Houston disability attorney today.