Equity Action Plan Summary: Social Security Administration   [open pdf - 144KB]

From the Document: "The vision of SSA [U.S. Social Security Administration] is to provide income security for the diverse communities the agency serves, including those in underserved communities, people with disabilities, workers, and their families. SSA delivers vital services that are a critical part of our nation's social safety net. For underserved communities who are at greater risk of financial insecurity and persistent poverty, SSA's programs have outsized importance. Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. For retirees of color, especially women of color, who are more likely to experience occupational segregation and lower earnings in the workplace, these retirement benefits play a critical role in addressing poverty among older adults. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide assistance to people with disabilities and can support the economic security and prosperity of people with disabilities who are more likely to face denial of economic opportunity and workplace discrimination. Social Security survivors benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers. This benefit is particularly important for young families with children and can help ensure the stability of families who lose a provider."

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