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Shutdown: Delays in New Social Security Applications
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The government shutdown rolls on, entering its second week.

As its effects ripple through Central Georgia, 13WMAZ's Judy Le explored how it's taking a toll on our senior citizens who may want to apply for new social security benefits, but could be delayed due to furloughs in Washington. 

 

There is a rhythm to Helen Hunt's daily life, and not a beat is missed. 
Everything she needs is within walking distance inside the Blair House, a senior living center in downtown Macon

"I've made some good friends here. I like the staff here. I love the food here," she says.

Hunt pays for her living expenses with a social security check. 

"Without that I would, unfortunately, have no income," Hunt says.

But now her rent increased and she doesn't have enough money to pay for her apartment. 

She does qualify for extra Social Security benefits that she might not get in time because of the government shutdown. 

"I have a two-month period to get a jump on this and do something," the 66-year-old says.

Or else she will have to find a new home.  

The shutdown causes delays in processing applications for new benefits, and she's not the only one who depends on that money.

"I started telling people last week, 'You've got to go to Social Security.' But now with the government shutdown, they're going to have to wait," says Blair House's executive director Jean Govoni.

Nearly 100 seniors are living at the Blair House, most of whom live on a social security income. 

"Just like everything, you come to a hurdle and you just try to get over it the best you can," says Hunt.

Hunt is already shopping around for a new apartment, just in case the money doesn't come.

The President also said on October 3rd that Social Security checks might be delayed down the road, if no agreement is reached on the debt ceiling. At present, the website for the Social Security Administration says their are no delays for current beneficiaries, and you can expect to receive your check on time. 

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