This week’s racial justice blog focuses on the Social Security Act. The Social Security Act of 1935 excluded farmworkers, as well as domestic workers from receiving Social Security benefits. These workers were predominantly Black, and thus Black Americans are disproportionately affected.
The Social Security Act was established to help those affected by the Great Depressed, and even though African Americans were twice as likely as the average American family to face hardships and hunger, 65% of African Americans were ineligible to receive Social Security benefits.
It is important to recognize the many ways in which race has an effect on the experience of our fellow community members, and HOME, Inc. is dedicated to working towards housing equality for all.