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02/18/05 - Lufkin

Clients Enjoy Social Security Improvements In Lufkin

by Ramonica R. Jones

The Lufkin social security office is one of 151 offices in the Dallas region.  From there alone, more than 207,000 clients collect social security.  It all adds up to more than $43 million a month.

District manager, Daniel Bowline, said, "It is intended to replace about 40 percent of pre-retirement income and it's that little extra net that makes sure senior citizens do not live in poverty."

The Lufkin office serves seven counties in East Texas.  Friday's open house marked the facility's sixth relocation.

Bowline said, "The staff has grown some.  When we went to automation, it required a little more space per work station and required that we have a building that was a little more closer to state-of-the-art."

Close to 60,000 social security checks go to East Texans every month.  Benefits aren't just for the retired.  The social security office also offers Medicaid for the disabled.  Some clients use social security to supplement their income.  For others, it's the only money they have to live on.

The Lufkin social security office recently moved from a 7,000 square foot facility to a 12,000 square foot building.  The office is now located on Denman Avenue.

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