Strengthening and Serving the Latino Community

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Strengthening and Supporting the Latino Community Fortaliciendo y Apoyando La Comunidad Latina CCUSA Annual Gathering September 15, 2013

Our Mission
Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love. Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon, partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
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Catholic Charities Oregon

Our History in the Pacific Northwest

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• Established 1933 by Archbishop Edward Howard with four staff members. – In 1952 we served 1,323 individuals. – Today we serve over 100,000 annually. – Operate 25 programs – Partner with 4 Member & 20 grantee agencies. – Employ 200 staff

• Established 1982 • Serves Latinos in the Portland Metro Area • Serve in 32 locations, 54 bi-lingual & bi-cultural staff • Mission:
– Increase self sufficiency in the Latino Community – Empower individuals to achieve a better quality of life – Promote Mutual understanding & respect among cultures

Core Principles and Values

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• Long known as the Culturally Specific “Go to “ agency in the Portland Metro Area • All staff are bi-lingual and bi-cultural • Over 30,000 Latinos served annually by EPH Programs & Initiatives • “Targeted Outreach Program” Model

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Latino Demographics in Portland and Oregon
• Total Oregon Population:3,899,353
Bureau estimates for 2013), (per US Census

– Oregon Latino population: 12% – Foreign born: 46.8 (per Migration Policy Institute Report 2013) – 14th highest Latino population nationally

• Total Portland Population:603,106
Bureau estimates for 2013)

(per US Census

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– Portland Latino Population: 11% – Fastest growing region (Forbes “America's fastest growing cities”
2013)

– Population has grown threefold since 1990

Oregon Latino Subgroups
(US Census Bureau, 2010)

Latinos in Oregon
Mexico 63% Puerto Rico 9.2% Cuba 3.5% Dominican 2.8% Central Am 7.9% South Am 5.5% Spain 1.3%

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Race and Ethnicity
(US Census Bureau, 2010, 2013 estimates)

Oregon
Statewide
White 83.6% Black 1.8%

Portland
Metro Area
White 76.1% Black 6.3% Native 1.0% Asian 7.1% Latino 11.%

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Native 1.4% Asian 3.7% Latino 12%

Challenges and Disparities
(The Latino Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile, 2011)

• Economic
– Per capita income: $14,627. $18,000< than Whites. Elders survive $8,676/year. Median income: $25,306

• Health
– Birth rates: 6x higher than Whites. – Single parents: 90% higher poverty rates – High rates of diabetes, hypertension and obesity – Immigrant Paradox: Foreign born tend to be healthier than those in US 14+ years

• Workforce
– Unemployment rates double since 2007, increase by 38% for Whites

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• Education
– High School Completion: 43.7 (6.3% for White) – College Entrants: 55% – College Grads: <50%

• Housing
– Homeownership rates: 31% compared to 60% for Whites

Poverty Individual rates: 77% higher than Whites, Family rates: 152% higher, 1 in 5 Children live in Poverty

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(American Community Survey, 2009 and The Latino Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile, 2011)

Bright Spots

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• Strong, young, and increasingly bilingual workforce • Purchasing power: 4 billion dollar and growing • Decreasing poverty levels since 2000, child poverty decreasing by 7% • Narrowing achievement gap academic benchmarks in Math from 395 to 59%, in Reading from 41% to 58%

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SUN Service System
Multnomah County is divided by 6 regions. Each region has a lead agency and a TOP (Targeted Outreach Population) agency which serves across the County.

Social Service Programs

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 Anti-Poverty Services  Child, Adult & Family Education Programs  Domestic & Sexual Assault Services: Proyecto UNICA  Elder Services  Parish Promotores  Tax Clinic Services

EPH Anti-Poverty Family Services
• Low Income Tax Clinic • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site • Elder Latinos Program: brain challenge activities, lunch, case management • Short-term Rent Assistance • Energy Assistance • Weekly Job Seekers List • Information and Referral • Food Stamp Outreach

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Partner Services Available at EPH
MONTHLY: • Legal Aid Services of Oregon • Dental Van • Immigration Charlas • DACA Workshops ON-GOING: • Health Promotion & Outreach • Cultural and written translations • Immigration and Legal Services WEEKLY: • Wallace Medical Van ANNUAL: • Migrant Farm Visits

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Proyecto UNICA Emergency Services
(Un Nuevo Inicio para Concluir el Abuso)

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24 hour bilingual crisis line Safety planning and crisis intervention Emergency motel voucher and transport Domestic Violence Advocacy Sexual Assault Advocacy Short-term Case Management Co-Advocacy with Shelter Participants Support Groups

Proyecto UNICA Transitional Support • HUD Transitional Housing • Bridges to Housing Permanent Housing • Long term case management • Employment Access • In-Home Safety and Reunification Services (DHS)

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Proyecto UNICA Youth Services
• Parent Child Involvement Project • Parent Child Development Services • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Teen Pregnancy Project • Sexual Assault Prevention Program
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Proyecto UNICA Out-stationed • DHS Safe Start Advocate- Gresham DHS • IPV Youth Advocate- Gresham DHS/MCHD East Co. Clinic • The Gateway Center • PPB DVERT • PPB DVRU

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UNICA Participant Statistics
• 130 clients/month • 50-60 are new clients • 3 DV Support Groups • 1 female & 1 male SA Support Group • 2 Parent Child Classes • Crisis Line receives about 100 calls/month • 2-5 women/month in motel; Shelter when available

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ALAS

(Advancing Latino Academic Success, Grades 6-12)

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• Academic support • Advocacy • Skill building activities • Tutoring • Recreation & enrichment activities

• Latino college fairs • ASPIRE mentoring • Financial aid & scholarship workshops • Career & college exploration • College campus visits

• Puentes
Activities •Summer 8th to 9th grade transition Program •Academic and life skills •Positive & supportive relationships with school staff & peers •College & career exploration •High school credit

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Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Community Schools
• Six Locations: East Gresham Elementary, Hall Elementary, Wilkes Elementary, Ron Russell Middle School, Floyd Light Middle School and Fir Ridge Campus. • Educational support and skill development for youth and families • Enrichment and recreation activities • Family involvement and support • Social and health resources • Family and community events

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Plaza Comunitaria •ESL classes •Spanish literacy classes • GED preparation •Computer literacy •Primary & Secondary diploma from Mexico

Basic and Continuing Education

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Continuing Education
• Cooking, nutrition, child care certification, Spanish, financial literacy, and exercise classes at SUN Community Schools. • Latino parenting and leadership classes in schools throughout Multnomah County.

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Challenges in Serving the Latino Community • Culturally Specific or Mainstream funding dilemma • Few Latino led Organizations • Capacity to meet needs • Board Composition: 3 of 26 are Latinos

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Opportunities
• Growing Partnerships: Mexican Consulate, Coalition of Communities of Color, Department of Human Services • SUN Service System Stakeholder • Growing A Diverse Latino Advisory Committee • Health Care Transformation • Asset and Economic Development

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