If you need a Berks County Pennsylvania Workers' Comp, Social Security Disability, or Long-Term Disability attorney to handle your case, please call The Boles Firm. Whether you hire us or not, however, you're going to need help if your claim is denied and you have no income. I wrote Battered and Broke: Making Ends Meet When your Workers' Comp Claim is Denied to help people who have suffered a sudden loss of income as a result of injury or illness. For a complete list of all the benefits that may be available to you, download Battered and Broke.
The premier organization that provides free help to the disabled in navigating the confusing benefits system is Meeting Life's Challenges, which can be accessed here.
Most Pennsylvania benefits are available through the Compass website. The following is a discussion of many of the types of benefits available to Berks County residents, along with the addresses and forms that need to be filed in connection with such claims.
I strongly advise you to review my general overview of the benefits available, which you can access by clicking here. The following gives you the specific information you need to file for benefits in Berks County.
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Allentown UC Service Center
160 West Hamilton Street, Suite 500
Allentown, PA 18101‑1994
In the alternative, you can apply for unemployment compensation using the Compass web site, which you can access by clicking here. Finally, you can apply for unemployment compensation benefits in person at the Berks County Unemployment Compensation Office, which is located at the following address:
Reading Unemployment Office
501 Crescent Avenue
Reading, Pennsylvania 19604
Phone No. 610‑988‑1300
For a discussion of the benefits available through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, click here and scroll the test to "VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION."
To apply for assistance with OVR, you have to do so at the following address:
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
444 North Third Street, Fifth Floor
Berks County, PA 19123
Phone No.: 215-567-1900
Toll free: 800-443-6381
TTY toll free: 800-772-9031
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
For all Pennsylvania residents, there are a variety of benefits available to you through the Department of Human Services, including cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and health coverage, all of which are described in more detail here. You can apply for these benefits through the Compass web site, which can be accessed here. You can also fill out an application for benefits, which you can access by clicking here. Once you have filled out the form, bring the completed form to your County Assistance Office (CAO) at the address set forth below:
Berks County Assistance Office
Reading State Office Building
625 Cherry Street
Reading, PA 19602‑1188
Phone No. 1‑866‑215‑3912,
LIHEAP 610‑736‑4228 or 866‑215‑3911
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
More information concerning the SSD and SSI programs is set forth in Battered and Broke and in the text summary that you may access here. To apply for Social Security disability benefits online, click here.
Anyone who seeks Supplemental Security Income benefits must apply by scheduling an appointment with your local Social Security office, which can be reached by calling 1-800-772-1213 or (TTY) 1-800-325-0778 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In the alternative, you can contact your Berks County Social Security office directly.
Social Security Office:
Social Security Administration
201 Pine Street, Suite 200
Reading, PA 19601
Phone No. 866‑274‑5960
To obtain the location and information about your local workers' compensation office, click here.