For Latinos, a rise in evictions could lead to a rise in overcrowded households—and in COVID infections. Increased access to housing programs and services can prevent this.

By Edwin A. Ortiz Reyes, Civic Engagement Coordinator; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

Latinos have the highest civilian labor force participation rate among all racial/ethnic groups, which has been true for at least the last 20 years. In July 2021, the Latino labor participation rate was at 65.7 percent, but for far too many Latinos, being in the labor force and collecting a paycheck has not translated into financial stability. Pre-pandemic, Latinos were overrepresented in low wage, yet so-called essential jobs.... Continue Reading

While financial assistance programs for immigrants play a big part in mitigating the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic, there is no substitute for accessible medical care, which has never been more necessary for the community.

By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

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Even before the pandemic began, medical care was largely inaccessible for many immigrant communities in Illinois. Now, with the added challenges of COVID-19, medical care is all the more difficult to come by and all the more necessary.

While existing emergency financial assistance programs such as rental and utility assistance are undoubtedly essential, community service providers say there is still... Continue Reading

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By Sylvia Puente, President & CEO; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

The common belief that children do not get sick and that COVID is not a problem for kids is false. All children are at risk, especially Latino children.

Vaccines are the most effective firewall against infection, hospitalization, and death. But because those under 12 are still ineligible to receive a vaccine and the Latino population skews young, large numbers of Latinos are unable to be vaccinated. In addition, in Illinois among all racial/ethnic groups between the ages... Continue Reading

By Noreen Sugure, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

The news this week mentioned that the country’s economy grew at the slower rate than expected but apparently at the fastest pace since last fall. Furthermore, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit group that studies economic activity and economic growth and is best known for providing “start” and “end” dates for recessions, said the “pandemic recession” lasted only two months and was the shortest on record.

In short, this supposedly means that the country has economically recovered from COVID.

But is the “recovery” a recovery for all? The short answer is a resounding no, and we need look no further than the Latino community to... Continue Reading

Immigration status should not be a burden on long-term COVID care.

By Roberto Valdez Jr., Associate Director, External Affairs; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

President Biden announced on Monday “enhanced support” for people suffering from “long-term COVID.” Speaking at the White House on the 31st anniversary of the seminal Americans with Disabilities Act, the president said that these serious, long-term cases of living with the consequences of COVID—including persistent fatigue and “brain fog”—could qualify as a disability under federal law. It’s not an automatic qualification, as federal guidelines say “an individualized assessment” would be needed. Nonetheless, it is indeed good news for those living with the effects of the virus, or at least a first... Continue Reading