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Jan 5, 2016

Hispanic Federation on President Obama’s Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence in the United States

Hispanic Federation has issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s just released executive actions addressing gun violence in the United States.

“Today, President Obama announced a series of important measures to reduce the incidence of gun violence in our communities. Hispanic Federation is proud to support the President’s common sense reforms and congratulates him for taking the initiative on this important issue.
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Dec 20, 2015

HF Receives $50,000 from Hearst Foundation for Pathways

Pathways to Academic Excellence is an early childhood education initiative focused on children under the age of 5 and designed to strengthen parent-child interaction, parenting strategies, and access to high-quality early childhood education. The program, which was first developed three years ago, encourages and empowers Latino parents, educators and Latino non-profits to intervene early in children’s lives, helping to support families in low-income communities.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation, we will be able to expand Pathways to an additional 150 parents over the course of 2016. We will provide an early childhood education curriculum to low-income, Spanish-dominant and/or bilingual Latino parents. It is estimated that our work with 150 parents will reach 450 children. Through workshops and easy-to-use learning materials aimed to boost the skills of their children, we will ensure that their children are better prepared to succeed in school.
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Dec 16, 2015

HF Response to Congressional Republicans Inaction on Puerto Rico Economic Crisis

December 16, 2015 (New York, NY) – Hispanic Federation has released the following statement in response to the exclusion of bankruptcy protections for Puerto Rico in Congress’ Omnibus Spending Bill.

“We join millions of Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora in expressing our disappointment and outrage that the U.S. Congress’ Omnibus Spending Bill failed to include bankruptcy protections and other measures to aid Puerto Rico during its economic crisis. Despite the clear, bleak reality facing the U.S. Commonwealth and the advocacy of thousands of Americans who have called on Washington to act, Congress has missed its best opportunity to assist Puerto Rico and has turned its back on 3.5 American citizens who call the island home. Sadly, Congressional Republicans systematically refused to accept their moral, fiscal and legal obligations to represent and fight for millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico who now face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

The House and Senate Republican leadership completely disregarded uniform calls – including by the U.S. Department of Treasury – to grant Puerto Rico bankruptcy and debt restructuring powers. They also failed to fairly and completely remedy the longstanding structural inequities that leave Puerto Rican health care underfunded, passing only minimal health care reforms that do not adequately address the looming health care funding shortfall that threatens to shut down a vital safety net and major economic engine for Puerto Ricans.

In the aftermath of this failure by Congress, Puerto Rico is left to fend for itself. With massive, looming debt payments due in the coming weeks, Congress has essentially forced Puerto Rico’s government to adopt even more austerity measures and shut down vital public services. The message from Congressional Republicans seems clear: Puerto Rico does not matter.
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Dec 2, 2015

Day of Action PR 2015

Hundreds of Elected and Community Leaders Mobilize to Nation’s Capitol to Push Congress To Take Urgent Action On Puerto Rico

Historic Mobilization of Leaders from 10 States and the Commonwealth Gather for National Day of Action on Puerto Rico

(Washington, D.C.) December 2, 2015- In an historic mobilization to Washington, D.C., hundreds of Puerto Rican community, government, labor and faith leaders, and allies joined for a National Day of Action for Puerto Rico to urge Congress to pass legislation addressing the growing fiscal and humanitarian crisis on the island of Puerto Rico. Leaders from as far as Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts and Illinois met with dozens of Members of Congress today. The National Day of Action comes on the heels of yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, as well as a congressional briefing.
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Dec 1, 2015

Hispanic Federation Statement on Joint U.S.-Puerto Rico Agreement to Restore the Caño Martín Peña

The joint U.S.-Puerto Rico agreement to restore the Caño Martín Peña ecosystem is a welcomed example of the type of collaboration and investment that Puerto Rico so desperately needs right now and over the coming months. The long overdue clean-up will begin to improve environmental conditions, prevent further public health risk and generate vital economic opportunity for the more than 25,000 U.S. Citizens living in surrounding communities.

Dec 1, 2015

HF Officially Opens Its Doors In Florida

When Hispanic Federation was founded, our purpose was clear: support Latino-led community-based organizations in New York City. In the quarter century since, we have expanded not only our scope of work, but our reach. In 2006, we launched a satellite office in Washington D.C. In 2012, we did the same in Connecticut. This June, we opted for a warmer and much-needed home in Florida.
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Nov 30, 2015

Meet Our New Grantees!

Earlier this month we awarded more than $350,000 in capacity-building grants to 20 Latino community-based organizations. Capacity-building support for Latino grassroots service providers and advocates? Well, YES, that's what we do! Click here to find out more about these twenty amazing organizations and the funding we're grateful to provide them.

Here are all 2015 CORE awardees. Please join us in celebrating them!
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Oct 30, 2015

Letter from the President: October 30, 2015

Earlier this month we awarded more than $350,000 in capacity-building grants to 20 Latino community-based organizations. Capacity-building support for Latino grassroots service providers and advocates? Well, YES, that's what we do! Click here to find out more about these twenty amazing organizations and the funding we're grateful to provide them.

Here are all 2015 CORE awardees. Please join us in celebrating them!
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Oct 22, 2015

HF Statement on the Obama Administration’s Roadmap for Puerto Rico

October 22, 2015 (New York, NY) – Hispanic Federation has issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s just released Roadmap for Congressional Action on Puerto Rico. Today, Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the Administration’s plan for action.
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Oct 1, 2015

Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis: Overview and Recommendations for Action

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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Oct 1, 2015

HF Awards more than $300K to Latino Community-Based Organizations

Within the first decade, the Hispanic Federation’s CORE (Community Organization Resource Expansion) Initiative was established to help support Latino nonprofits with grants for core operating expenses. Whether it was underwriting the costs of a financial audit or supporting a construction project to make an agency’s building accessible and efficient, the CORE Initiative provided grants that private philanthropy and government funders typically eschewed. “The CORE Initiative was designed to provide our agencies with the financial support for projects they needed but would have difficulty funding from traditional sources,” said Hispanic Federation President José Calderón. “Some of these projects weren’t attention-getting but they were critical to the success of our agencies.” HF’s signature grant-making program is central to the Federation’s mission of fortifying Hispanic nonprofits.

This year, the Hispanic Federation has awarded $368,000 to 20 member agencies to support their core operations. Among this year’s grant recipients are local and national agencies from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Here are all 2015 CORE awardees. Please join us in celebrating them!
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Sep 29, 2015

Sign up for Entre Familia: HF’s Nonprofit Learning Series

Entre Familia is a series of workshops providing member agency staff with capacity-building trainings and professional development opportunities. The trainings are offered to ensure that our members and grantees are receiving the latest information about the nonprofit industry’s best practices. Expert facilitators, including HF senior staff members, engage participants with information vital to the growth and sustainability of our nonprofit community. Workshops cover topics such as event planning, fundraising, financial management, communications, information management, board development and more.
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Sep 15, 2015

Letter from the President 9.15.2015

There are few issues as important and as complex in the Latino community as college readiness, retention and graduation. Latino young people face persistent systemic barriers that prevent them from attaining a college degree, resulting in the lowest educational attainment level of any group in the U.S. Only 14.5 percent of Latinos aged 25 and older had earned a B.A. degree and only four percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs. On average Latino students arrive on campus with less academic preparation, less social and monetary capital, and more fiscal challenges. As a result, they are also more likely to take a longer (and less certain) route to a college degree, often attending community college before moving to a four-year institution. These challenges are also more likely to make Latinos dropout along the way, behavior that is strikingly similar to non-Latinos from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are also less likely to persist to a B.A. degree.
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Sep 5, 2015

Mayor de Blasio welcomes Hispanic Federation and Member Agencies To City Hall

On September 3rd, Hispanic Federation and a group of more than 30 Latino community-based organizations from throughout New York City met with Mayor Bill de Blasio to talk discuss some of the key challenges facing our communities.
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Sep 1, 2015

HF Launches Asthma/COPD Awareness Campaign

Asthma is at crisis levels in Latino communities. Latinos have disproportionately high rates of emergency room visits, hospital admissions and deaths caused by the disease. In New York City, asthma causes havoc in Latino communities from the Bronx to Newark, New Jersey. This month, Hispanic Federation is fighting back against asthma. In partnership with AstraZeneca, through its media networks and family of community-based organizations, HF aims to implement a community education and advocacy campaign, Hispanic Lung Health Education Campaign. The campaign kicks off on September 17, 2015 with a week-long Hispanic Asthma Call to Action when HF will activate 12 member agency sites across New York City and North New Jersey (Essex and Hudson counties), as designated asthma resource centers for Hispanics.
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Aug 31, 2015

Ford Foundation Makes Two-Year, $500K Investment in HF

HF was founded in 1990 after a study highlighted inequities facing both low-income Latinos and the nonprofits which serve them. And while Latinos have scored notable demographic, economic and social advances since then, 2015 finds Hispanics, especially low-income, low-skill Latinos still facing many serious challenges. Latinas, for instance, continue to experience disproportionate reproductive health disparities as compared to the general population of women in the United States, yet are not fully engaged in fighting for their reproductive and health access rights. And Latino and immigrant low-income, low-skilled workers in New York City face significant institutional and human barriers to finding employment.

Back in 1990, the Ford Foundation was one of our most important partners. That partnership began a new chapter this past June, when the foundation made a historic, two-year investment of $500,000 in the HF’s general operations.
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Aug 25, 2015

HF Partners with Con Ed and NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat for Energy Efficiency Program

Whether it’s the local bodega or barbershop, runaway energy costs can eat into profits for small businesses. That means less money to grow businesses and hire more workers. From 2014 through the beginning of 2015, Hispanic Federation partnered with Con Edison, the Office of NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to help small businesses throughout Washington Heights and Inwood lower their energy costs. Local businesses received free consultations on controlling energy costs through Con Edisons’s energy-saving experts and direct financial assistance for the installation of energy-efficient equipment.
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Aug 18, 2015

HF Welcomes New National Director of Advocacy

Many of the most important issues facing Latino communities are being debated in Washington, D.C. That’s why Hispanic Federation has made a commitment to have a strong presence on Capitol Hill over the past decade. Our presence is about to get stronger. Last week, Hispanic Federation President José Calderón announced that Richard Morales would be HF’s new National Director of Advocacy. Rich will manage HF’s Washington, D.C. office with a focus on developing and implementing the organization’s federal legislative priorities.
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Aug 17, 2015

We Petition the Obama Administration to Take Action on Puerto Rico Now!

3.5 million American citizens are living on the island of Puerto Rico, as it faces its worst economic crisis in more than a century. If unable to restructure its debts, the island will descend into an economic crisis that will wipeout savings, pensions and compromise its economic viability for generations to come. Please consider signing and sharing our petition today to urge the Obama administration to take action on Puerto Rico.

3,5 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que viven en la isla de Puerto Rico enfrentan la peor crisis económica en más de un siglo. Si no se le permite a Puerto Rico reestructurar su deuda, la isla descenderá en una crisis económica que hará desaparecer los ahorros, pensiones y poner en peligro su viabilidad económica para las generaciones venideras. Por favor firme y comparta nuestra petición hoy para exigirle al gobierno de Obama a que tome acción para ayudar a Puerto Rico.
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Aug 16, 2015

“¡MI PRIMERA CASA!”/"MY FIRST HOME" Homeownership Public Education Campaign

New York, NY – The Hispanic Federation announced the launch of a new housing initiative, “¡Mi Primera Casa!” or “My First Home.” In collaboration with the New York Urban League, Mi Primera Casa/My First Home is a public education campaign that encourages minority homeownership, promotes opportunities to improve access to fair financing, and provides financial education to low-income and minority communities. The campaign underscores the importance of homeownership for families of color as a means of helping communities build economic stability and wealth.
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