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Lucha Contra el Hambre Expands to Central Florida PDF Print E-mail

Hotels with names like Xanadu Motel or the Paradise Inn line the highways in Orlando Florida which lead to the magical Disney World Resort. Yet behind this fantasy world is a stark reality: Many of these hotels are serving as transitional housing for those unable to afford apartments or homes. And these families – many of which are Puerto Ricans escaping their island’s economic crisis - struggle to feed themselves and their children.

It is in the midst of plenty during this Thanksgiving season that the reality of homelessness and hunger feels especially painful. That’s why on Saturday, November 21 the Hispanic Federation, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, kicked off its Lucha Contra el Hambre hunger relief expansion campaign into Central Florida. It was just one in a series of emergency relief assistance initiatives Hispanic Federation has planned in Central Florida. 

December 2nd: Day of Action for Puerto Rico PDF Print E-mail

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DACA Scholarships Transform 150 DREAMer Lives – And You Can Help Too! PDF Print E-mail

It is a time of giving and reflection. As we celebrate our many institutional blessings, we are especially thankful for being able to provide 150 DACA scholarships to 150 amazing DREAMers this year.

Announced by President Obama in 2012, DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allows qualifying immigrants – also known as “DREAMers” - to obtain protection from deportation and work permits for at least two years.

Yet the high cost – almost $500 - prevents many from applying. HF’s DACA scholarship is transformative because it enables DREAMers to apply and, if accepted, truly pursue their dreams, whether it’s in the form of something as simple as a driver’s license, or something as life-changing as going to college or getting a legal job.

HF’s Hispanic Education Summit Brings Together Over 250 Education Leaders PDF Print E-mail

The well-being of our children. Our communities. Our future. It all starts with (and goes back to) education. It is the reason we’ve committed to presenting a Hispanic Education Summit every year focused on advancing best practices and reforms that will significantly improve Latino student outcomes and opportunities. This year’s 2015 Hispanic Education Summit took place on Monday, November 16 at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC, and brought together over 250 educational stakeholders – teachers, parents, community leaders, students and policymakers – to bring forth ideas on how we can advance Latino student success.

ACA Open Enrollment for 2016 Begins PDF Print E-mail

Latinos suffer disproportionate levels of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and other health epidemics that are the result of many socio-economic barriers, but can be managed and prevented through access to affordable and quality care. Thanks to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, that access has increased greatly, and we’re proud to be a part of it. Since 2012, we’ve enrolled over 20,000 individuals and each year we look to increase that number significantly.

Open enrollment began on November 1st for 2016, and we’re thrilled to continue our work increasing access to healthcare. While the work of our Navigators—our street teams dedicated to health insurance education, access, and enrollment—is year-round, the beginning of a new enrollment period is a time for us to renew our commitment to health insurance for all. In order to reach our goals, we have partnered with four community-based organizations in New York throughout all five boroughs: Dominican Women’s Development Center, Puerto Rican Family Institute, Ryan-NENA, and Urban Health Plan.

Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis: Overview and Recommendations for Action PDF Print E-mail

Puerto Rico and its more than 3.5 million residents are in crisis. As economic and financial conditions have worsened in recent months, we have partnered with community, government, philanthropic, labor and academic leaders and institutions from across the United States and the island to form a national effort to support Puerto Rico. Our message is clear: Millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico are in danger of losing much of what they have unless our federal government acts with bold purpose to stabilize and grow the island’s economy. The time for action is now.

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