HDA created this hub of information and stories from the perspectives of real people who have a family member that receives benefits, to show that Social Security is not a costly program for “other people” but rather a vital resource in maintaining the economic well-being of ordinary American families.
In response to the ongoing challenges to Social Security, including the prospect of cutbacks projected to total 25%, HDA developed this website designed to explain in a way that could be easily understood how Social Security benefits the recipient and the family as a whole. By presenting information and stories from the perspectives of real people who have a family member receiving benefits, it aimed to show the vital role Social Security plays in maintaining the economic well-being of ordinary American families over the course of usual life events. It also provided a digital resource for consumers on Social Security disability programs. The site includes a brief history of Social Security, who gets benefits and what benefits, how the programs are financed, and policy issues and ways to take action.
The project was funded under a special grant from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).
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- Document: Social Security: Affordable and Crucial Benefits (2015)