Generational Poverty in Florida’s Hispanic Children



Nationally and in Florida, Hispanics are the fastest growing population group. Hispanic and Latino children are disproportionately affected by poverty relative to white children. This has implications for their welfare as well as for our state’s economic well-being in the long run.

In Florida, 20.5 percent of the population speaks Spanish at home. Of these, 43.8 percent speak English “less than very well” (US Census). These populations have a harder time receiving social supports in regions not equipped to serve the Spanish-speaking. Despite their high levels of economic need, Hispanic families have lower rates of participation in many government support programs when compared to other racial/ethnic minority groups. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic children living in deep poverty do not receive SNAP or TANF.

This growing population comes with increased pressure for communities and agencies at the local, state and federal levels to meet the needs of Hispanics. A clear understanding of the populations that need to be served must be developed in order to initiate effective cross-cultural work.


English Generational Poverty


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Spanish Generational Poverty


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Special thanks to The Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University, University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Florida Kids Count and The Children’s Campaign for authoring the policy brief featured in this Candidate Connection.


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