Info sharing session on the recently released ACC Hispanic/Latinx Community Needs Assessment report.
The Hispanic and Latino community in Athens-Clarke County faces significant challenges when trying to access basic services locally, according to a report by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia.
The study is the first comprehensive needs assessment of this population, which has nearly doubled since 2000 and today makes up 10.6 percent of the county's population and 22.5 percent of the Clarke County School District student body, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the Infinite Campus system.
Researchers looked at the community's ability to secure health care, education, employment, legal aid and government benefits and found that most individuals frequently face barriers related to language, transportation, economic status, and lack of information when seeking any of these services. Furthermore, these obstacles are often interrelated, compounding their individual impact.
The study's authors hope the findings can help better inform local and statewide private, nonprofit and government agencies on the issues affecting this segment of Georgia's population.