The Hispanic/Latinx community in Athens-Clarke County, Ga., has nearly doubled since 2000 and today makes up 10.6% of the county’s entire population and 22.5% of the local school district (according to U.S. Census and Clarke County School District data). To increase our understanding of the challenges experienced by this growing community, particularly as they inform the scope and delivery of services, community advocacy, and policy initiatives, a comprehensive needs assessment was conducted in 2015-2016 by PORTAL, the University of Georgia’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute’s U.S. Hispanic/Latinx research and outreach initiative.
More than 300 self-identified Hispanic/Latinx adults 18 years or older and residing in ACC completed a confidential survey focused on their access to healthcare, education, public transportation, government-issued benefits (i.e., Medicaid and food stamps), language services, and legal/immigration aid. A series of five focus groups were conducted with a total of 26 community members to complement the quantitative data collected.
Funding was provided by the University of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President of Research and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI), the Title VI Department of Education Grant held by LACSI, The Sapelo Foundation and La Vida Yoga/Work For America Foundation, Inc. The contents of this report were developed under grant #P015A140046 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
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