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January 20, 2010

RE: Social Security Survivors’ Benefits Information Sources for Haitian Community

Dear Mayor:

We have been asked by David Vinokurov, District Manager – Trenton, NJ, Social Security Administration, to share this information with you.

During the past week, we asked Mr. Vinokurov about outreach efforts to the Haitian community. His office has provided us the following information regarding Social Security Programs, which you and your staff can pass along to community service organizations and other private entities.

Depending upon their citizenship or residency status in the United States, surviving victims of the earthquake or the family members of those who died might qualify for disability or survivors benefits, respectively.  Below are the Social Security publications and the links to the electronic versions on Social Security Administration’s website,  You can link to them directly, as well as their Multilanguage Gateway at which hosts publications in 15 languages.  General information about Social Security benefits also is available from their national, toll-free number, 1.800.772.1213 (1.800.325.0778 TTY). 

  • A "Snapshot" (Yon “Foto”) of the most important features of the Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicare programs.

      SSA Publication No. 05-10006, May 2009, ICN 451421 (SSA Pub 05-10006-HC)

  • Your Payments While You Are Outside The United States

SSA Publication No. 05-10137, June 2009, ICN 480085

  • How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies (Kòman Sekirite Sosyal Ka Ede Ou Lè Yon Manm Nan Fanmi Ou Mouri)

SSA Publication No. 05-10008, January 2008, ICN 451390 (SSA Publication No. 05-10008-HC)

  • Survivors Benefits (Benefis pou Swivivan)

SSA Publication No. 05-10084, August 2009, ICN 468540 (SSA Publication No. 05-10084-HC)  (

  • Disability Benefits (Benefis pou Enfimite)

      SSA Publication No. 05-10029, August 2009, ICN 456000 (SSA Pub 05-10029-HC) 

If you have any questions, please call Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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