A National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need
Publication number: 2016-15
Author(s): Elizabeth Wildsmith; Marta Alvira-Hammond; Lina Guzman
Publication date: Feb 2016
Doc type: Brief
In the U.S., 11.1 million (62 percent of all) Hispanic children live in or near poverty. Service providers are striving to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic population, and to do so in ways that are culturally responsive. A first step toward effective cross-cultural outreach is understanding the populations who need to be served. This brief examines the number and household circumstances of low-income children who may be in need based on their family’s economic resources and whether they are in deep poverty, poverty, or near poverty. It also notes the proportion of these children being served by some of the social service programs intended for them (specifically SNAP and TANF).