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Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

October 3, 2019 • By

Last Updated: July 16, 2021

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 58.9 million, representing 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to turn the spotlight on our services for the Hispanic community.

We work hard to deliver great customer service and easy-to-access information about our important programs and the benefits we provide to millions of Americans. If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit our Spanish-language website. It includes important information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, manage your benefits once you’re receiving them, and much more. Many of our offices have staff who speak Spanish, or you may call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and select the option for Spanish.

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

Social Security also provides many publications in Spanish on popular topics like:

  • Retirement, Disability, and Survivors benefits.
  • Retirement planning.
  • Online services information.
  • Medicare.
  • Supplemental Security Income.

You can save, print, and share them.

Social Security is here for you and your family. To learn more about what Social Security offers, go to our website Hispanics and Social Security.

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About the Author

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Carmen L Torres-Perez

    Soy persona incapacitada, recibo seguro social e Intereso saber sobre “Suplemental Security Income”.

  2. lesly francois

    I am an punishment from from ssa money i hold i have money no food on my table.

    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Lesly. We are sorry to hear about your situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

    • Richard Crocker

      Hi Leslie, I’m in basically the same boat. I have learned the hard way that the SSA rules are not fair and equitable for the taxpayers that support it legally. The SS Administration as an entity is NOT concerned about whether people eat or live on the street as long as they get your money one way or the other.

  3. Caterina Granone

    My dad came over from Italy during the influx of Italians. They were sent to Ellis Island to be put through all the hoops to stay in America. They learned to walk the walk and talk the talk prior to qualifying for citizenship. They worked hard , two uncles had to serve in the military as a prerequisite to continue their quest.
    When are we going to celebrate Italian American day ?

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  7. Lydia

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  8. María del Carmen Vital Alferez

    Soy viuda desde hace más de 5 años, mi difunto esposo y yo pagamos nuestros taxis a tiempo y por todos los años, yo quede muy enferma y nunca me han ayudado en mis enfermedades crónicas que ahora padezco,
    Quiero que me digan para que son los impuestos que pagamos mi esposo y yo?
    Nosotros siempre supimos que es un ahorro para el retiro y para tener ingresos cuando no podemos trabajar por enfermedad, yo he trabajado toda mi vida y pagado mis impuestos, y he tenido que vivir 5 veces en shelther homes porque no puedo pagar ni siquiera un cuarto porque he estado muy enferma,
    Todavía estoy esperando la pensión que nos deben de pagar a mi difunto esposo y a mi . Ate María del Carmen Vital Alferez.
    Cada vez que voy al las oficinas del SS. a actualizar mis datos nunca me han ayudado con ninguna información, y ni siquiera aparecen mis datos actualizados en mi cuenta del SS, por lo que llego a la conclusión de que los servicios del seguro social son pésimos y mas para los mexicanos, no importa que yo también sea ciudadana americana.
    Me da mucha tristeza y desilusión que ustedes quieran que me muera para no darme lo que me corresponde, puesto que nunca me han ayudado ni en mis peores momentos en los que he estado tan enferma, y no comprendo porque, puesto que es dinero que mi difunto esposo y yo trabajamos.!

    • Shelley

      Could we have a translation please?

    • John STACK

      Excuse me …….what ?????

    • Edward S

      Hola Sra. María del Carmen Vital Alferez le recomendó que solicite una copia del registro de sus pagos al Seguro Social. Si usted tiene evidencia de haber pagado los 40 cuartos (40 Quarters) Usted puede abrir una cuenta del Seguro Social en el Internet con su número de seguro social. Aquí puede ver lo que sus empleados pagaron al seguro social.

  9. Susan In Glendale

    Since social security benefits are for AMERICANS, why don’t these people speak English? I think it’s wonderful and a great advantage in the United States to be bilingual, especially Spanish and English. But, as Americans, in order to assimilate, (and we still want legal immigrants to assimilate, don’t we?) Americans need to be able to conduct business in English. I am not a heartless, horrible person. But as long as all levels of government offer translation services and printed materials for every language spoken worldwide, what hope is there that these immigrants will EVER assimilate? Our government ensures they don’t have to assimilate.

    • Dr. Daniel Mercado-Cruz

      I respect your comment however, I find your remark a puerile. Whatever happened to equality?
      Thank you another American like you.
      Daniel Mercado

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