TAKE ACTION: SEPTEMBER 2023

VOTE YES FOR PROP 1: SEATTLE HOUSING LEVY

Don’t wait until election day! Vote today. Go to VoteWA.gov for information about voting center and ballot drop box locations near you.

We strongly encourage you to vote YES for Prop One, The Seattle Housing Levy, to help ensure affordable housing options for our community’s most vulnerable members. Your support can make a significant difference in addressing housing affordability in Seattle. Learn more here.

How Vaping Harms Students’ Mental Health: Tips For Parents and Educators

Beginning a new school year can be stressful for students. However, it’s important to know that vapes, like cigarettes, can negatively impact students’ physical and mental health. Parents, teachers, mentors, and school administrators can offer guidance and tools to help students make informed decisions. What can parents, teachers, influential adults, and school administrators do? Let more here.

Latino Democratic Caucus Statement on Palmer v Hobbs Voting Rights Act Decision

OLYMPIA – On August 10, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of Latino voters living in Central Washington in Palmer v Hobbs, finding that Washington’s legislative map violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The court concluded that the districts drawn in the Yakima Valley dilute the Latino vote and prevent the Latino community from electing representatives of their choice. The bicameral Latino Democratic Caucus released the following statement in response:

“We, the members of the Washington State Latino Democratic Caucus, strongly support creating fair and just electoral maps to ensure that the voices of the Latino community are heard.

“The dilution of Latino votes is not new in Washington State. In 2018, the Legislature passed the Washington Voting Rights Act to provide a remedy for the known problem of voter dilution in municipalities and counties. This year, the Legislature passed the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) 2.0, to strengthen and improve the WVRA by making it easier for communities of interest to bring voter dilution claims and to allow plaintiffs to recover costs when a remedy is implemented.

“Latino voters from the Yakima Valley won enfranchisement for their community in court, and we support their right to propose their preferred remedy directly to the court. The bipartisan Redistricting Commission failed to draw a legislative map that complied with the federal VRA. We support voters seeking justice in a forum where it has already been achieved, devoid of partisanship and gamesmanship. We do not support reconvening the Redistricting Commission.

“We are committed to fair representation in our government at every level. The Latino community deserve the opportunity to elect leaders of its choice to the state Legislature. To have a truly representative democracy voters must be able to exercise their rights in a just system.” Learn more here.

Health Equity Navigation

Health Equity Navigation

Providing King County families with assistance enrolling and applying for different services pertaining to their health care and basic needs.

This program aims to strengthen access to health services for low-income immigrants, refugees, and limited English-speaking families across the Puget Sound area. As a partner in the King County HealthierHere Consortium, we work with State, Regional and local healthcare and social service providers to connect people with services. These include health care, crisis intervention, food, childcare, affordable housing, tenant rights, legal services, advocacy, education programs and more. El Centro de la Raza and the WA State Dept of Health ‘Care Connect’ Program is currently providing regional support to locate and enroll in appropriate public services that are needed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our navigation staff assess participants immediate needs, identify available programs and services, determine eligibility, assist with enrollment, and remain engaged through what are often lengthy and complicated procedures.  

Eligibility Requirement

  • King County Residents

Program Managers

Susan Banhegyi

Susan was born in Venezuela and believes in the importance of understanding the culture and providing information in both Spanish and English. She has over 30 years of experience as a Social Worker working primarily with the Latino community, with 20 of those years working with domestic violence victims. She volunteers her time as a shelter advocate, facilitator and trainer for domestic violence programs.

For more information or to get help, please contact Susan!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Health Equity Navigation?

This program supports participants who are in need of assistance with anything that cause health care concerns. This includes finding affordable medical services, lack of food or housing or any other concerns that could cause mental or physical disadvantages.

How long can I stay in the program?

Once you are considered stable and have been referred to the appropriate program or has received the service needed, then your case will be closed.

After my Case is closed can I still get help?

Absolutely! We always assist anyone as long as their needs are something that can be advocated for by a Health Equity Navigator.

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Best Start for Kids – Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention

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Best Start for Kids – Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention

We help youth or family at risk of becoming homeless to receive the support needed to resolve their housing crisis quickly, and to empower households to maintain stable housing for the future.

This program is part of coordinated system of addressing homelessness throughout King County, working to resolve housing crisis before they result in a housing loss. We focus on addressing the immediate issues placing the family or youth at risk of homelessness. We can help negotiate payments plans with your landlord, connect you to additional supports, and limited assistance with rent and housing costs in combination with case management.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Youth and young adults (12-24) and families with children under the age of 24.
  • Households must be at imminent risk of homelessness and considered highly vulnerable to becoming homeless without assistance
  • Family cannot stabilize without help (example: higher wage, lower rent, social supports).
  • History of homelessness and evictions

Program Managers

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Bere Sanchez, YFHPI Case Manager

Bere has over 10 years of experience working in social services. She has a passion for working with large diverse communities in King County.

Please contact Bere to get help!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does YFHPI NOT do?

This is not a rental assistance program and we cannot provide an ongoing rental subsidy.

Can my Case Manager pay my rent?

If there is rental debt associated with your current situation and you are at risk of becoming literally homeless, your case manager will discuss options with you. Some rental assistance may be available. If you are already being evicted, we have other programs to help.

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Growing and Learning Together

Growing and Learning Together

Home visiting program to empower parents to be their child’s first teacher

Our program focuses on helping parents to develop skills and build their confidence using the Parents As Teacher curriculum. The program has different components that allow the families to explore in different environments: group sessions, home visits, assessments and resources. All of these customized to the family’s needs.

Eligibility Requirement

  • This program is focused on serving low-income, non-English speaking, immigrant or homeless families
  • King County Residents

Program Managers

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Pablo CoHen

Pablo is an engineer by profession, but has a passion for working with children and families. He has experience employing different approaches to children’s development.

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Alejandrina Gonzalez

Alejandrina is a Parent Educator with many years of experience in the field of education. She brings skills in the field of family well-being and instructional design.

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Romina Macias

Romina’s education in psychology means she puts a strong emphasis on mental health and family integrity. She has dedicated this part of her career to working with families and children.

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Camila Gamarra

Camila is a highly experienced paraeducator as an academic support professional. She worked for many years in school districts serving diverse children and families.

Please call Pablo for more information or to get involved!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a daycare?

No, it’s a program where we visit families in their homes.

Can you help us with resources?

What resources we are able to families are dependent on donations

Is this program free?

Yes! These services are free for qualified families.

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Government Benefits

Government Benefits

We assist veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable community members living in King County to apply for and receive public benefits.

Our Government Benefits Navigators can assist you in applying for food assistance, health insurance, veterans benefits, unemployment applications, Social Security, affordable housing, energy assistance and Medical and Family Leave in Washington.

Eligibility Requirement

  • King County Resident
  • Be a Veteran, Senior or Low-Income

Program Managers

Karen Calvo, Government Benefits Navigator

Karen is a Government Benefits Navigator with 10 years of experience helping advocate for the Latino community. She loves to assist qualifying families and individuals to apply and receive state and Federal benefits.

Contact Karen to get help or ask questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you able to answer/help with legal questions?

No, we are not able to offer any legal advice.

Can you help me find affordable housing?

We can assist you with filling out the King County Housing Authority Waitlist application.

Can you interpret for me at my medical, court, other meetings or appointments?

No, we are unable to provide interpretation services.

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Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Working to reduce the initiation and use of cannabis, commercial tobacco and Vape products by youth

The Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program’s mission is to prevent initiation and reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco use by youth, ages 12-20, support adults who influence youth, leverage resources for promoting and supporting commercial tobacco dependence treatment for all ages, and to reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco-related inequities within Washington State.  We work closely with the Department of Health and the Liquor and Cannabis Board to provide current and relative information about Cannabis, Commercial Tobacco and Vape use. 

Program Managers

Ileana Lopez-Garakani

Ileana started her career in San Francisco as a Marketing Research Assistant for one of the first Latino Newspaper called “El Mensajero”. She eventually became the Product Manager and Newspaper Spokesperson and is proud that they are still in publication thanks to her contribution.  Ileana was then recruited by Sprint Communications as the Latina Representative for the Northern California Latino market. It has always been her passion to work with and represent our Latino contribution to our newfound country and our people within our communities.  She and her husband moved from the Bay Area to Seattle and ended up at her Beloved El Centor de la Raza. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is THC? 

THC is the abbreviation for “tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation.  It can be consumed by smoking cannabis or in other forms such as oils, edibles, tinctures, etc

What is CBD?

CBD is a Cannabis derived from the THC Plant. Many different stores are now selling products including delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC and CBD, or cannabidiol. These causes people to wonder whether these compounds are legal, if they are safe to consume and which of their advertised medicinal benefits hold up to scientific scrutiny.

How do I talk to my child about Cannabis use?

Parents can help protect kids against drug use by giving them the facts before they’re in a risky situation. This can make them less likely to experiment with drugs or to rely on friends for answers.

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Corazoncito Case Management

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Corazoncito Case Management

We provide scholars ages 6-10 and their caregivers with the proper tools to excel academically and emotionally.

Corazoncito is a Social Emotional Learning Program that includes academics to help young scholars succeed in school and in life. We do this by providing caregivers with resources they can practice at home in our monthly workshops and in our 1:2 academic 1-hour coaching sessions.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Age 6-10
  • Attend Sunnycrest Elementary School
  • From a refugee/ immigrant family and/or
  • Low Income

Program Managers

Isabel Crisostomo, Corazoncito Case Manager

Isabel is a University of Washington Alumni and daughter of migrant parents from the Mexican state of Michoacan. She has over six years of experience in education.

To get started, please apply via our interest form!

Frequently Asked Questions

My child attends a different school; can they still be part of Corazoncito?

Preference is given to Sunnycrest students, but other children from other schools will be considered depending on program space.

Do I need to attend all the workshops and 1:2 coaching sessions?

We highly encourage you to be an engaged caregiver to benefit from the program to the fullest. However, we understand life happens. Please communicate your needs with the Case Manager so she can best support you.

Can more than one of my children be in the program?

 Yes, if they meet the requirements. We have programs available for other ages as well.

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Bahlam Bots Robotics

Bahlam Bots is a competitive robotics program that provides students interested in STEAM education a space to explore, learn, and overcome challenges as a team.

Bahlam Bots Robotics program gives students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of science and principals of coding, with a cultural component. Robotics at El Centro de la Raza teaches students that our ancestors were already scientists, engineers, and creatives. Bahlam Bots builds confidence within youth to be able to ask questions, to learn from mistakes, and to continue to be curious about learning. There is something for everyone: coding, using power tools, learning about the history of science.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Middle School Students, 6th-8th Grades
  • In the Seattle Area

Program Managers

Mimi Santos

Mimi es orgullosamente hija de inmigrantes. She studied at the University of Washington, worked in Early Childhood education for 5 years and transitioned to middle school programming 2 years ago. She is passionate about serving her community, theatre, and going to concerts!

JingHan Soh

JingHan is from Malaysia and loves science, nature, food, travel, culture, and languages. She was a physics teacher in Watsonville, California for more than 7 years before coming to Seattle. She really loves being able to share her passion for science with the students.

Click here to sign up or get more info!

Frequently Asked Questions

My scholar has never coded before, will they feel comfortable?

Do not worry! Every year we start with the fundamentals and build the curriculum at the pace that our scholars need. They do not need to have been on a robotics team before.

How much does the program cost?

It is all FREE!

Are meals provided?

During our regular meetings we provide snacks, but not a whole meal.

Rental Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention

Rental Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention

The program provides one-on-one counseling to renters and homeowners who are going through a hardship and are behind or at risk of falling behind on their rent and mortgage payments.

We understand that life events, the pandemic and other circumstances may have had a significant impact on your housing situation, and we want to work with you to help you understand your options. In order to do this, we will listen to you, go over your credit report, create and develop a budget as well as an action plan that would address your unique housing needs. By looking at all those elements we will be able to educate and provide the resources that would best fit your situation.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Must have a housing instability (loss of income, eviction, foreclosure etc.).
  • Must provide proof of income, unemployment or other benefits
  • Must provide SSN/ ITIN

Program Managers

Denisa Aitonean

Denisa is a HUD- Certified Housing Counselor and has a background in psychology and social services. Denisa believes that people can overcome great challenges with the right support and is passionate about helping and empowering clients to become self-sufficient through education, guidance, encouragement and adequate resources. Denisa takes part in ongoing training opportunities to continue to expand her knowledge in order to best assist her clients.

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Janet Torres Garcia

Janet is a HUD-Certified Counselor who has received certificates on Foundations of Foreclosure Prevention, Foundation of Pre-Purchase, and The Psychology of Money. Janet’s mission has always been to help individuals overcome their challenges through financial literacy, housing counseling, and education. Janet is also the Financial Empowerment Coordinator that can help you get connected with homebuyer education classes offered once every quarter and “tandas” or Leading Circles program to help improve your credit and savings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is housing counseling?

Housing counseling addresses the client’s housing barriers and helps them achieve their housing goal by providing advice and resources tailored to their unique situation.

Does your program offer financial assistance?

No, the program provides individual counseling to asses your situation and help you identify other community resources which may provide monetary assistance.

Will you find a place for me to live?

No, we will be helping you find resources and assist you in the process of finding stable housing.

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Senior Hub

Senior Hub

Nutritious lunch, social and educational activities as well as exercise classes for seniors age 60 and older.

Addresses emotional, physical, social, intellectual needs through nutrition and health education, nutritious daily congregate meals, a weekly grocery bag from our food bank, guest speakers, financial presentations, assistance with technology, recreational games like “Loteria” and more. Seniors take part in various social and educational activities daily and exercise classes are offered three times a week.

Eligibility Requirement

  • 55 years of age or older
  • Valid ID

Program Managers

Raquel Garcia, Senior Program Supervisor

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Flor Gomez, Program Assistant

Flor holds a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College and has been working to benefit the Latino Community for over 30 years! In her spare time, Flor loves to travel and visit new countries.

Our Senior Program is open to walk ins with ID to verify age.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this program cost?

This program is free for qualified participants!

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