From Real Change
The former locations on Lenora and South Lane streets will close at noon June 8.
The new SSA office will sit inside the Jackson Federal Building, a Level IV security building with metal detectors, where those entering are required to show state or federal picture identification and have their bags searched.
Social Security Works Washington, a coalition of organizations, fought the move into the Jackson building. (“Groups rally to stop closure of Social Security building,” Real Change, Jan. 11, 2012.) They argued that the high-security building adds an extra barrier to disabled or mentally ill clients who do not have the resources to access lower-security offices in Kent, Burien, Bellevue and North Seattle.
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, opposed consolidation in letters to Michael Astrue, SSA’s national commissioner, dated June 20, 2011, and May 7, 2012.