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Social Security offices can't keep up with crush of disability claims

"It's just really, really bad." 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
USA Today Network - Wisconsin

"...more than 2,000 people in Milwaukee wiating for the Social Security Administration's approval to receive disability benefits, according to the latest data available from the agency. The average wait time is 368 days, leaving many people struggling without adequate housing or money to pay for their basic needs for more than a year."

"...Hope Lloyd is a community living and home supervisor with Independence First who is working with about a dozen people in Milwaukee with spinal cord injuries who haven't been able to get their first disability checks, so they are living in nursing homes or with family. 'It's not where they belong, but without those expedited payments, they can't apply for an apartment because they don't have any income,' Lloyd said. 'A lot of times, they're the primary breadwinner, so it's just really, really bad.'" 

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