Katrina Victims Get More Time to Get Direct Deposit

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday announced the activation of accelerated direct deposit enrollment procedures for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) check recipients displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The direct deposit enrollment deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 18.


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“During this most difficult time, we hope this simple step will reduce evacuees’ worries about their payments,” said Richard L. Gregg, commissioner of Financial Management Service for the Treasury. “If they act now, evacuees will have one less thing to worry about because they can be certain their October payments and all future Social Security payments will be in their bank or credit union accounts and immediately accessible from most ATMs on the payment date.”

The Department of the Treasury and Social Security Administration (SSA) are working together to enroll evacuees before Sunday’s deadline so that their October payment and all future payments will be deposited directly into their bank account, regardless of their whereabouts in the aftermath of the hurricane. Evacuees can enroll in the direct deposit program by calling the Go Direct Helpline at 877-654-6347. Representatives can also help individuals without a bank or credit union accounting in setting one up.

Direct deposit is completely predictable and allows access to funds where an individual may be at the time the payment is issued. For Americans receiving Social Security, SSI and other federal benefits, it is simply the best way to get payments.

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