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HF Supports Healthy Communities With the 2015 ¡Vive tu vida! Health Fair PDF Print E-mail

The Hispanic Federation headed to Queens two weekends ago to deliver a message to Latino communities: “Get healthy!”  Facing increasing evidence that the health and well-being of Latinos in neighborhoods throughout New York City is facing more challenges than ever before, Hispanic Federation partnered with the National Alliance of Hispanic Health to participate in the 9th Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® (GUGM) New York at Carnaval de la Cultura Latina.

HF Gears Up for 2016 Election, Commemorates Voting Rights Act PDF Print E-mail

At Hispanic Federation, civic engagement is one of our founding core pillars. We believe that your vote is your voice in government, and exercising the right to vote in every election is crucial to make our voice heard. According to the 2010 census, Hispanics accounted for 56% of the nation’s growth, meaning that if and when we exercise our right to vote, you can be sure we’ll be heard loud and clear. That’s why this summer, for the second year in a row, we had Summer Street Teams, comprised of teenagers, hit the streets to educate people about their right to vote, and register them to do so.

Thousands Benefit From HF IDNYC Phone Bank PDF Print E-mail

For the second time this year, Hispanic Federation raised awareness about the New York City municipal identification program, IDNYC. On July 28th and 29th, HF's Linea Informativa hotline became an IDNYC call-in center.  This time, HF partnered with Univision to produce public service announcements, radio programs and newscasts to encourage Spanish-speaking New Yorkers to register for IDNYC. HF volunteers and staff answered more than 3,000 calls about IDNYC and scheduled 1,139 appointments for New Yorkers to get their cards. “We are proud to have worked alongside Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito to make IDNYC a reality,” said HF President José Calderón. “We’re working just as hard to make sure that Latinos are aware of the card and its benefits. We need to get people registered and we will continue working with the city to raise awareness of IDNYC.“

HF and AARP Continue Financial Literacy Campaign PDF Print E-mail

Financial success and security take planning. But many Americans lack even the most basic understanding of budgeting and money management. Research indicates that financial illiteracy is especially prevalent in Latino communities across the country. That’s why Hispanic Federation has invested considerable resources in promoting financial literacy in the communities we serve.

Most recently, we have partnered with AARP to provide a comprehensive financial literacy program to middle-age Latinos covering issues such as budgeting, saving, retirement planning and maximizing Social Security benefits, debt control and reduction, and improving credit-worthiness. As part of this campaign, we have hosted a series of seminars across New York City that included financial advice served alongside some great cooking tips and some comedy. In our “Budget Bites” series, Chef Denisse Oller offered a cooking demonstration of a dish that was both delicious and affordable, alongside a financial advisor providing tips and tricks to save. In our “Funny Money” series, comedy group Room 28 presented a number of comedy sketches that raised issues surrounding money management in the Latino community, also alongside a financial advisor.

“There are significant cultural issues around money and money management in the Latino community,” said HF Director of Economic Empowerment Diana Caba. “We want to provide people with useful and proven strategies to become more financially secure but we recognize that we have to do that in a way that’s culturally appropriate. Having Denisse and Room 28 here helps us get our message across in a way that our community understands and responds to.”

For more information on the Hispanic Federation’s financial literacy programs, contact Diana Caba, HF's Director of Economic Empowerment.

HF Rallies for Administrative Relief for Immigrants PDF Print E-mail

When a federal Appeals Court in Texas put a halt to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in February, thousands of immigrants across the country had the rug pulled out from under them.  Judge Andrew Hanen put on hold their hopes that arbitrary deportations and painful family separations would end. May 19th would have been the date when the President’s reforms went into effect.  Because the courts have temporarily put a stop to the reforms, Hispanic Federation and many leading immigrants’ rights organizations rallied on that date to demand that the courts and congress finally deal fairly with immigrant families.  “On the day that administrative relief would have gone into effect, we doubled our resolve to fight for justice, dignity and respect for our immigrant families and communities. While we may suffer setbacks – as was the case when one Texas Judge earlier this year blocked the President’s executive action – nothing can stop the movement for immigrant justice,” said José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation.  “We won’t back down on this issue. We know that they will throw roadblocks in our way but this fight is too important to too many families to give up.” 

For more information on the Hispanic Federation’s immigration reform advocacy efforts, please contact Jessica Orozco.

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