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.
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- Study Finds Surprising Reason Why More Black, Latino Children Aren’t Insured– The Washington Post
Latino parents are more likely to be unaware that their children are eligible for federal programs, leading to less Latino children being insured and having access to health care.
- A National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need– National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
While two-thirds of Hispanic children are estimated to live in low-income homes, many children who may benefit from social service programs are not currently being connected to them.
- Living Without a Net: Low-Income Hispanic Families’ Public Assistance Access– National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
Immigrant families often perceive themselves as ineligible for public assistance due to their immigration status, making it necessary to have culturally competent outreach initiatives that connect these families with services in a safe space.
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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.