New organization serving Latino community called Hispanic Alliance, Inc.
Cleveland, August 2009: A new concept in community organization and development is taking place in Cleveland’s Latino community with the recent founding of Hispanic Alliance Inc.—the Alliance is a non-profit organization that works together with existing agencies and individuals that serve Latinos to promote communication and collaboration to impact targeted needs in the community.
The formation of Hispanic Alliance in July 2008 represents years of work by the Hispanic Community Service Coalition that began in 1996. Hispanic Alliance’s newly hired Executive Director, Carlos Chinchilla, credits the Cleveland Foundation for its leadership in this process.
“The Cleveland Foundation has been a guiding force and generous supporter of this endeavor since the beginning,” Chinchilla said. “Their vision of a collaboration to address the challenges and opportunities faced by the Hispanic/Latino community while also maintaining the individual identity of each independent organization has been our ultimate goal.”
Currently, the Alliance has 13 agency members: Catholic Charities, Cuyahoga Community College’s Hispanic Council, Esperanza Inc., Hispanic UMADAOP, El Barrio/WSEM, Hispanic Business Association, Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, Spanish American Committee, MetroHealth, Neighborhood Family Practice, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Hispanic Roundtable, and Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
These agencies, along with seven individual members, all operate primarily in the city of Cleveland. The mission of the Alliance, however, extends representation and services to Greater Cleveland and throughout Northern Ohio.
Latinos constitute the largest ethnic group in the United States, which makes the advent of the Alliance all the more important. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the Latino population in the city of Cleveland increased to 34,000 people, up from 4.6% in 1990 to 8.3% in 2007.
Greater Cleveland’s growing Latino community faces a number of critical concerns, including high rates of poverty, unemployment, teen pregnancy, and single parent/female-headed households. Hispanic Alliance will introduce a comprehensive, team-oriented approach through member collaboration to address these vital concerns while at the same time promoting awareness, development and support for the many assets the community has to offer.
Hispanic Alliance’s new office is located in the heart of Cleveland’s largest Latino neighborhood, at 3110 West 25th Street at the corner of Clark Avenue.
For more information, contact Hispanic Alliance, Inc. at 216-661-4249 or visit its website, www.hispanicallianceinc.org.