Social Security

Row of men at the New York City docks out of work during the depression, 1934. U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 69-R-1L-3

Protecting Americans

Early in the 19th century, rapid industrialization began to push most workers out of farming and into wage-earning. To find the best jobs, Americans increasingly moved to cities, far away from the safety networks provided by their families. When the Great Depression hit in 1929, unemployment, hunger, and homelessness devastated those workers and their families.

Talk of increased charity and volunteerism was replaced by a more solid system after President Roosevelt was elected in 1932. He proposed a system not of welfare, but of social insurance. Instead of allowing the elderly to fend for themselves, they could draw on a system of savings they had paid into during their working years. The Social Security Act was signed into law on September 14, 1935, and it has provided a reliable safety net for Americans ever since.

Security is Your Right

Access to government-run social-welfare programs is your right as an American citizen. These lifesaving support systems are in place to give you the security and wellbeing you are entitled to. Find out if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) by calling 301-589-4597 or email Get the security you deserve—call or email today.