ERIC Number: ED360465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
State of Hispanic America 1993: Toward a Latino Anti-Poverty Agenda.
Perez, Sonia M.; Martinez, Deirdre
With this report the National Council of La Raza begins to formulate a coherent framework for assessing proposed solutions to the problems of Hispanic American poverty. Poverty among Hispanic Americans is persistent and severe. More than one in four Hispanic Americans and two in five Hispanic children are poor. This discussion of the dimensions of Latino poverty reveals that the disadvantaged economic situation can be explained largely by the poverty of the four groups: the working poor; female-headed households; Puerto Ricans; and children. The outcomes of the following four public policy strategies on Hispanic poverty are considered: (1) equalizing educational attainment; (2) eliminating the effects of employment discrimination; (3) making work more rewarding; and (4) guaranteeing affordable housing. Other issues cannot be ignored, but anti-poverty approaches that address these four issues have the potential to reduce the number of Hispanic poor significantly. In addition, these strategies are amenable to statistical analysis to determine their real effects. Of the four approaches, equalizing educational attainment appears to have the most significant effect on poverty. Looking beyond the traditional civil rights issues to broader policy concerns will benefit the Hispanic American community. Nine figures illustrate the report. (SLD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Children, Civil Rights, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Fatherless Family, Hispanic Americans, Housing, Policy Formation, Poverty, Public Policy, Racial Discrimination, Urban Problems, Working Poor
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.