If a claimant or proper applicant is not available to sign the application and a loss
of benefits will result, accept an application or written statement showing an intent
to claim benefits from a third party and follow the policy guidelines in GN 00204.010B.1. (See SI 00601.015 through SI 00601.020 for the policy on title XVI protective writings.)
Examples of third parties include, but are not limited to, members of a church, a
labor union representative, a veterans' group, senior citizens' association, etc.
See SI 00601.030 for procedures on documenting an SSI oral inquiry.