A sign outside a U.S. Social Security Administration office in Mount Prospect, Ill., in October last year. Closed SSA offices across the country are being blamed for a 30 percent drop in applications for an aid program for the most vulnerable.

An information sign is displayed outside of a U.S. Social Security Administration office in Mount Prospect, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The Social Security Administration announced a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment for benefits in 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)