Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family and your future family.

You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting socialsecurity.gov/people/hispanics.

Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 56.6 million, according to 2015 statistics from the US Census Bureau. Social Security is here to help maintain and improve our economic well-being for generations to come.

Currently, we do this by providing retirement, disability and other benefits to 61 million people, including nearly 3.5 million Hispanics, who have contributed to the Social Security system through their payroll taxes. Social Security also provides a safety net to the families of American workers who become unable to work due to grave impairments or have died.​

We work hard to provide enhanced customer service and to educate millions of Americans about the importance of our programs and benefits. This allows us to connect with the Hispanic community in meaningful and efficient ways.

If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit segurosocial.gov, our Spanish-language website. It provides hundreds of pages of important information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits and manage your benefits once you’re receiving them. Many of our offices have staff who speak Spanish, or you can call 1-800-772-1213 from 7am to 7pm weekdays and select the option for Spanish.

Nationwide, our public-affairs specialists reach out to thousands of Hispanic-Americans each year to raise awareness of the benefits they may qualify for and to learn the advantages of setting up a My Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

These specialists promote our programs at local events, health fairs, libraries, schools and community organizations that serve the public, including the Hispanic population. Some of our bilingual staff serve as contributors to Spanish-language television, radio stations and newspapers. They also visit embassies and consulates in the US representing Latin-American countries to educate diplomatic leaders and new immigrants about Social Security programs.

Spanish-speaking individuals wishing to apply for retirement, disability, survivor and other benefits, as well as Medicare, can now request an appointment online at socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefitsfor an in-person interview or telephone claim with a bilingual representative.

We’re with you and your family throughout life’s journey. To learn more about Social Security
programs, visit segurosocial.gov or socialsecurity.gov.

Essie L. Landry is the Social Security public-affairs specialist in the Sierra West area.

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