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Social Security Servicios for the Hispanic Community

September 28, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: September 28, 2015

A large Hispanic family smilingHola! September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Social Security is proud to offer many of our services in Spanish. We invite you to look at our Spanish website

With 57 million people, the Hispanic population in the United States is the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. According to the Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent. And more than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population.

To meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population, Social Security provides a range of online services. On most pages of our main site, you can select a tab at the top of the page to have the language appear in Spanish. From there, Spanish speakers can use our online services – Servicios por Internet. They can apply for retirement, survivors, or disability benefits, and the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. We also have a Spanish language option when you call us a 1-800-772-1213. We have many automated services available in Spanish, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can speak to a Spanish-speaking Social Security representative. In addition, many of our field offices have free Spanish interpreter services available.

Hispanics tend to live longer, and will spend more years in retirement. Our Retirement Estimator gives estimates your future benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record. It’s an invaluable tool when planning your long future.

You can find out more online about conducting business with Social Security in Spanish. We also have many of our publications available in Spanish at Some of the publications are specific to the Hispanic population.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s all remember that Social Security will continue to serve our Hispanic customers by providing a range of services and benefits tailored to their needs.

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  1. Ken

    Trust me Bob you well never see a White month. And yes we will be the minority but you can bet you won’t get anything even less then your getting now.

  2. R. C.

    Please remove me from this bigoted email list!

  3. Wendy

    Ok, For all of you folks that are turning this into an immigration thing, I just wanted to say that you cant get SSI, SSD if you are not legal here, You cant get it if you don’t have a certain amount of points you don’t qualify. And actually according to the contrary if you are to talk about the illegals here, most of them do earn a paycheck, they do have taxes and social security taken from their check, so they do pay into the system, they do not ever get to collect on it, as far as the national debt blame it on war, the government sending and funding to send troops and aid to all of the middle east, and the list goes on and on, to blame the Hispanic population for the national debt is ridiculous at best. It is my opinion that social security is being over run by a generation that doesn’t want to work for instance I cant tell you how many people I know who have received SSI/SSD for being “bi-polar” or for being a drug addict/alcoholic. I have been working since I was 8 I had a paper route. I really think that the majority of the population I see applying and getting Social Security are chronic welfare loafers who’s children are grown up or have been cut off of Welfare benefits they are all ending up like I said bi-polar and on Social Security.

    • Dianne

      Sorry that just isn’t true, Wendy, they most certainly can !!! I saw not only this abuse, but 3rd and 4th generation welfare abusers (not Hispanic) proud of the fact that they “gots all their people” on welfare; and yes, alcoholics and drug users also. How about not being able to work because you didn’t speak English, yep, it’s right up there.

  4. Oscar C.

    I am Hispanic, immigrated when I was 17, paying into the system since then. I am now 66 and just starting to collect. I served in the US Army for 25 years and always worked hard and actually still working today. I have contributed more than some born here.

    • Ken


      • Susan

        That is great! I hate when people take a Forum like this and immediately start the same old conversation without doing anything positive. There are many people like yourself and some of us appreciate the diversity and culture you bring 🙂

        • Manny H.

          Susan does not hate. Debate the ignorance and prejudice! Send them to the public libraries!

    • Manny H.

      Uncle Sam says: You did well and as any citizen you stand up among others! This country is the greatest! When people like you decease fighting they just said: I am sorry but when you are alive your benefits phase out due budget cuts. We are in gratitude to keep away the dangers of the war in our homeland! No just thank you; we honor your sacrifice!

  5. Dianne

    When do we celebrate National White Month ………….

    • Bob

      As a white, your rights are diminishing. soon you will be in a minority and perhaps get free stuff

  6. Jacqueline A.

    Social Security, as well as many other agencies, has to stop enabling specific ethnic groups whom refuse to assimilate. Thousands of dollars-funded by American tax dollars- are spent on publishing specifics of American benefits in different languages. This is dividing America and a waste of government resources. We are All Americans -learn the language!

    • Ginger

      …and the grammar! I see my tax dollars were wasted on you.

      • Jacqueline

        No kidding???!! Why doesn’t she speak English after 56 years? Willl Puerto Rico give me (an Irish immigrant) free housing and a ways to remain unemployed indefinitely? Stick to the issues here!

  7. Paul

    I agree whole heartedly with the two previous comments. When are our leaders in government going to open their eyes, and realize that most of the good paying jobs have left the country. We are close to 20 trillion dollars in debt an climbing. Who is going to pay for all these handouts. In my state we are in a fiscal crisis, practically bankrupt and our governor want to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. My question, where is the money going to come from?

    • Sherri P.

      We paid into the system, so we have a vested interest in social security! That belongs to us! Several years ago, one of the Bush presidents made a speech about our country should do something for our neighbors south of the border who work here…and I clearly remember him saying that they only had to have 4 work credits, whereas you and I have to have 40 or 41. I don’t remember which Bush it was! I have not been able to verify the difference in work credits for illegals! Our govt is generous because it is not money out of their pockets, but it certainly is money out of our investment into the soc security system! And they will collect much more than they will ever put into soc security! That is the reason that we will run out of money! Every state is in a fiscal crisis because of Obama, no jobs, and he spends like it is water! Those refugees who come here should be put in camps and not given money, nor jobs, just feed them and when Obama leaves office throw them out of our country! They shouldn’t be here anyway! They are hardcore mslims!

  8. Chas S.

    I too worry that the Social Security is being misused by the Hispanic population IF they are not paying into the system as I have all of my life before I became disabled. I am all for legal immigration but do not tolerate a hand out to anyone as we have our own hungry people to feed including elders and those less fortunate and not just a handout because they are a minority…

  9. Toni

    I agree with you Arthur. I have been paying into the Social Security System since I was 16 and working. Now I have started collecting and the media is telling us that the funds will be running out in a few years!! As a taxpayer, American citizen and voter, I demand that Social Security be given ONLY to those who paid into it.

    • Joe

      A Thousand Amens to that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kelley E.



    • Manny H.

      Let’s our politician they should work to insure our benefits for the next 100 years instead of funding unnecessaries services.

  10. Arthur S.

    I do hope that all of those 57 millioin are paying into the Social Security System. It is so frustrating that I have been paying into the system since 1967 and so many immigrants are receiving funds without ever having toi invest. I feel ALL Americans should have the duty to invest in our country and not simply cross and border with their hands out. I realize that living conditions all over the world, are not what we have, but at the same time we have so many naturalized citizens who’s neets are not being met.

    • jo s.

      my thoughts match your .. proud to be an American… I am on social security and am worried it will run out.

      • Sherri P.

        Every one wants a better life, but everyone has to work for their better life. It is not fair to Americans who have paid into social security all of our lives and then, here they come, work a couple of years or maybe no work time and collect just like they have been paying into the system for years. I think naturalized, amnestied people who are not generational and ancestered Americans should have their own accounts where there money is not supplemented by our tax dollars or soc security funds! Our govt has it backwards! I had no idea there were that many here! Not good…no more amnesties! Tired of supporting those who don’t carry their own weight and are here to live off of us!

        • Manny H.

          You got wrong blogs. Immigration nothing to do with social security benefits policies.

          • Dianne

            Spoken like a true Hispanic … !

        • Brian

          I was looking at the back and forth of the American and hispanic look this land was no ones god created man and women and placed them in many different parts native Americans were in this country way before any of us which they spoke native American Christopher Columbus spoke English or British….(which falls into what the person who said everyone brought a little bit of where they came from America was only a couple states before let’s not forget that and Hispanics had their own land before that person who traided our lands for money and gave it away so there for Spanish was spoken way back when including americans adapted to Spanish because at the time the whole revolution and all that was taken place once our land was taken yeah english was spoken to some it all up people forget how the roots of there country became in this world we all have to adapt to something look it the virus has us in doors and being extra clean we adapted to it cause it’s for our safety and the president gave order the reason why some dont speak it or learn is because americans demand us to know the language instead of talking to us and giving us resources and motivation to learn the mandatory language basically you want a dog to like you learn from you and apply by the rules you have to give it respect…….I wanted to just stop the back and forth because we are humans there is no whites black asians Hispanics aribics nothing we are humans the day a alien or something not from earth comes and threatens our safety we are ganna have to unite just think bout that color language and culture is what makes us people and a unique society thanks hope it can stop the bickering

    • Dianne

      With so many immigrants and illegals in our country – that refuse to assimilate, speak our language and adopt our culture, our country is fractured, which has weakened it tremendously. Not only Mexicans, but from several other countries around the world. They want to leave their home for a better life, to America, but bring their old life with them. Isn'[t working for me …………….

      • Ginger

        …are you serious? Every person who immigrated to this country
        (including your ancestors -unless they were little green men) brought part of their old life with them…and I bet they spoke their native tongue -not English. That’s the beauty of this country.

        • Sunshine

          You have that all wrong! Landing at the Statue of Liberty many, many have promised to work, pay in to the Federal and State tax system by WORKING. They all learned to speak English so as to be able to learn in the American school system. Why do you think the USA is so in debt? HANDOUTS! oand dtax in

      • You L.

        AMERICA is a Continent (North America and South America), with LOTS of countries, mainly Spanish speaking. Therefore, STOP referring to the U.S. as America!
        Read people. Educate your selves.

        • Dianne

          Not any longer, there is no beauty in 385 million people dividing this beautiful, hard-fought for country, up by languages and cultures. There is the American culture, and English language. If you don'[t want to be an American, and choose to keep your old culture and language that you left behind, then you should have stayed where you came from.

        • Dianne

          Another true Hispanic speaks out in defense of their language and culture in America. And yes, we do realize that there is a North America AND South America, and a huge difference between the two. This is North America, English speaking North America.

    • Pi$$ed O.

      Thank you, Arthur, my sentiments exactly, I just recently switched from the Democratic to the Republic party because I am sick to death of misguided liberal Democratic legislators spending their time and my taxpayer dollars giving illegals free SS and all kinds of welfare benefits that they haven’t earned!!! I paid into the SS system for over 50 years; my investment is being stolen from me, and of very little help when I need it the most at age 75. BTW, anyone know who the rocket scientists are that have decided there will be no COLA in 2016?!?

      • Charlie M.

        The only thing the Democrat party wants are voters. They work every day to get more people on government subsidies just to get them to vote Democrat. They support Planned Parenthood that gets taxpayer money and in turn give it back to the Democrats who give them more money the next year. ITS TIME THIS STOPS!

      • john3347

        There will be a COLA in 2016. Where did you hear that there will be none? Granted it will be a ridiculously small amount, far, very far from the amount necessary to protect the SS recipient’s needs to maintain their standard of living but there is an announced 2016 COLA.

        • poorman

          You heard it right there will be no COLA for us.

    • Ginger

      You must be speaking Hispanics that are not born US citizens. The men in my family did not have to be drafted to defend this country; father never applied for welfare or government assistance; paid taxes and was NEVER unemployed. Unlike the monolingual Americans, spoke three languages and not a blemish on his reputation; he and all his children, grandchildren and great-grand children are college educated and honest and honorable people. They believe in God. Only thing our family hates is IGNORANCE.

      • jon

        Your story is an exeptional exception.

        • Ginger

          So is your comment…

          • Jacqueline A.

            My bosses mother has been in this country since 1959 and does not speak a word of English. Interesting….she certainly knew how to apply for public housing the minute she arrived from Puerto Rico and hasn’t vacated her apartment since or been employed. Just another “exceptional” comment….

          • Manny H.

            Puerto Rico is “technically part of USA(a Commonwealth of the United States). Puerto Ricans are U.S Citizen”. Just to fill your curiosity.

      • Dianne

        Ahhh, you refer to “the monolingual Americans”, thus separating “you and yours” from “us” … and yes I agree with jon, extremely exceptional, especially the “all graduated college” …..

      • Rafaela R.

        Thank you for my condiction of Hispanic, god bless alway, god not had Discrimination..

    • Manny H.

      Do not worry. Nobody is free of paying taxes if they work! And some work, but they do not claim due legal status. System win anyway. Happy?

    • Tara

      Me to I’m Hispanic not Mexican and yes them Mexican come over her with hands out I’m 48 and been working since I was 16 in the health field and not able to work no more due to my health and have been denided my disability not far at all but u come from a different country or on drug or fake being crazy u get it fast I don’t understand we work are ass off and get nothing or have to wait year

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