All local Social Security offices will be closed – see info about receiving continued services below

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.Please read our press release to learn more, including how to get help from the Social Security Administration by phone and online.

Here you’ll find information on Social Security office closures, safety preparedness in case of emergencies, signing up for direct deposit of your benefit payments, and more. 

Our web page is updated every 10 minutes. Please check back for the latest information about office closings and delays and to subscribe to your state/territory. Click this text link to go to the page.

Jobs in Nonprofit Sector

Looking for your next nonprofit job or employee? The all new Jobscoop is THE destination for the SoCal nonprofit sector. New jobs are posted all the time and the new website is now much faster, easier to use and much more mobile-friendly. Looking for a new job? Create a new profile to standout from the competition and signup for job alerts to always be the first to hear about new opportunities! 

Link : Jobscoop.org 

Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The EITC is the largest, federal refundable tax credit for low to moderate-income workers.Congress enacted it in 1975, in part to offset social security taxes and provide an incentive to work.

Last year, 25 million eligible workers and families received about $61 billion in EITC. The average EITC amount was $2,504.  The EITC is as much as $6,557 for a family with three or more children, for tax year 2019. There is a smaller EITC for those with fewer than three children or taxpayers who do not have a qualifying child. EITC can be the largest single payment a taxpayer receives during the year – it canequal a few months’ wages.

EITC and the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit lift over 10 million people outof poverty annually – over half are children. Four out of five eligible taxpayers receive EITC. One in five eligible taxpayers are not receiving this valuable credit and possibly other credits, as well.  Almost a third will become eligible for the first time on their 2019 tax return, due to changes in marital, parental or financial status.

There is also free income tax preparation available through a program of volunteer tax preparers. Click this link for details about VITA.

February 12, 2020 Next Meeting of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative

Attend the next Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  The collective meeting will begin at 10 am, and it will take place at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.  We have partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)to host this month’s meeting.  
This month we will host a panel presentation highlighting the discussions of the 2020 Military Research Summit led by Dr. Carl Castro the Director of theUSC Military and Veterans Programs. The topic this year is Moral Injury.  We will examine, theory, measurement, and applications/implications.  
We will also have a special presentation by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, the Executive Director of the White House Task Force set to create the President’s Road-map to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS).   

Link to register for the February meeting.    
If you are interested in attending the Women Veterans or the Access & Engagement working groups, please arrive at 9 am.

The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) Meets Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month – Next Meeting Feb 12, 2020

The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) is a structured network of public, private, and government agencies from across multiple sectors working together to improve the lives of veterans, service members, and military families in Los Angeles County. Our mission is achieved by strategically coordinating and improving veteran access to services, reducing barriers to care, and influencing policy to improve the lives of veterans and their families. 

Our Women Veterans Working Group consists of community outreach professionals, social workers, and policy advocates from veteran service organizations, public agencies, and community groups across Los Angeles County. This working group strives to develop strategies to ensure that the needs of female veterans are understood and met within the community.

Administered by USC Military and Veterans Programs, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative comprises community stakeholders and representatives from more than 300 organizations coordinating services and addressing the needs of veterans and military families in the Los Angeles area.   

LAVC meet every second Wednesday of the month.