Working While Receiving Disability Benefits Workshop – In-Person

This workshop is in-person for people receiving SSI and/or SSDI and working or planning to return to work.

Learn about how working affects eligibility to receive disability income, how to avoid costly pitfalls, and what to do if you receive an overpayment.

This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, and RSVP is required by June 29, 2023, at 8:00 am.  Please only register once to allow others to attend.

To RVSP for this workshop, click and follow the directions to register.

How to Challenge and Prevent Social Security Overpayments

PRC to present online How to Challenge and Prevent Social Security Overpayments presentation with Lynnette Baclig, Esq. from AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP).

The presentation will cover:

  • SSI and SSDI overpayments
  • Common reasons for overpayments
  • Challenge and prevent overpayments

This presentation is free and open to the public; however, advanced RSVP is required.

To RVSP for this presentation, click  and follow the directions to register.

For questions or more information, contact Dawn Evinger at [email protected].

2023 COLA Increase in Social Security Benefits

The cost of living adjustment will affect many San Franciscans.

In 2023 individuals receiving Social Security benefits will see a significant cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase. In one of the largest increases in recent years, the Social Security recipients will see a 8.7% COLA increase, which will translate to approximately $140 per month. The purpose of a COLA is to offset increases in the cost of living due to inflation. Notices will be mailed throughout the month of December 2022 by the Social Security Administration to SSI recipients, SSDI beneficiaries, and payee representatives, along with those receiving retirement benefits and their survivors.

In early December, beneficiaries who want to learn what their individual 2023 benefit amount will be can log into their my Social Security account ( and check for a secured message summarizing their benefits. If a beneficiary does not have an account they will need to create one. It is important to note that in order to receive the 2023 COLA notice online, beneficiaries need to create a my Social Security account before November 15, 2022, or they will have to wait for the December notice to arrive via US Mail.


Social Security Benefits Increase in 2023 by Jeff Nesbit, Deputy Commissioner of Communications, October 13, 2022,

Social Security COLA Increase 2023: How to See the Amount You’ll Get by Katie Teague at CNET, November 1, 2022,

Social Security San Francisco

Another Step in Combating Stigma Based on Gender

New social security policy allows for self-selection of gender.

As part of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Equity Action Plan, on October 20, 2022, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Kilolo Kijakazi, announced that SSA will offer individuals the option to self-select their gender on their Social Security Number (SSN) applications and records. SSA is committed to decreasing the burden on those who identify differently from their assigned gender at birth. Acting Commissioner Kijakazi stated, “This new policy allows people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”

Those who want to update their SSN records will need to apply for a replacement card. ( They will still need to prove their identity with current documentation, such as a passport or state-issued driver’s license or identity card. Although the gender field is not used in determining benefit eligibility, SSA is working with other agencies to allow millions of transgender people in the United States to update their most commonly used identification documents.

Unfortunately, the current SSA record system cannot include nonbinary or unspecified gender designation at this time. SSA is exploring options to support an “X” designation in the future.

This new policy began when President Biden signed Executive Order 13988, Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation on January 20, 2021.


Social Security Implements Self-Attestation of Sex Marker in Social Security Number Records (Abigail Zapote, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, dated October 20, 2022)