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Since 2017, Hispanic Impact Fund investors have granted $430,000 — including $70K in out-of-cycle grants amid COVID-19 — to local nonprofit programs that focus on advancing the health and economic well being of Hispanic Central Texas so all of our families and communities can thrive.

 

WHY WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION

Hispanics & Latinos in Austin earn $28,102 less than their white neighbors (median household income).

Despite high employment rates, Latinos are historically confined to low-paying jobs with minimal incomes, reducing the economic growth potential of our region.

35% of Hispanic children in Travis County live below the federal poverty line, compared to 6% of their white peers.

1 in 4 working-age Hispanic adults have no primary healthcare provider.

 

The impact of COVID-19

From the start we knew the impact of this pandemic — and subsequent economic crisis — would be felt across our Latino community. Latinos account for three-fourths of all COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Central Texas and continue to provide many of the essential services that are paving the way for our region’s recovery.

Supporting the nonprofits that serve the Latino families in our community is vital to ensuring that the opportunity gap facing Latinos doesn’t widen further in this crisis.

The resources we allocate now must align with our vision for the future: a fairer, more equitable Central Texas where everyone can thrive. Our response will only be effective if it includes the places and the people left out by our current systems. To get this right, everything we do now must take into account the economic, social and health issues our communities were facing before the pandemic.

When Hispanics Rise, Austin Rises.

2017 status report on Hispanic families in Central Texas.

How the Hispanic Impact Fund makes a difference:

EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION

A child who is prepared for kindergarten is four to five times more likely to pass state assessments by the 3rd grade. By focusing on the youngest children in our community, we can improve educational outcomes for years to come.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Along with access to affordable health care, when armed with accurate and culturally competent information about healthy habits, Hispanics have significantly improved health outcomes.

JOB SKILLS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Access to capital and workforce development training to combat the wages of unskilled labor are vital Latino entrepreneurs and families looking to be part of the economic success Austin has come to be known for.

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