The Hispanic Quality of Life report was finalized in late June, 2013. Open the documents below to view the report and its appendices.
The City of Austin is committed to making Austin a place where its high quality of life is available to and accessible for all of its citizens – and the Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative is an important part of that effort. There are currently more than 460,000 Hispanics living in the greater Austin area, representing the largest minority group. Our Hispanic population is rapidly growing and has increased 35 percent since 2000. On May 8, 2008, City Council approved a resolution directing a Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Initiative be implemented.
The Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Initiative is a multi-phased process and includes demographic research, trend and data analysis; community engagement and understanding through public forums; community input using print and online surveys; and oversight team review culminating in a final recommendations report. The intent is to be as inclusive as possible. Bi-lingual communication and translation services will be available.
The initiative seeks to address the following questions:
- Is the quality of life for Hispanics in Austin markedly different from the quality of life experienced by Hispanics in other cities?
- Is the quality of life experience by Hispanics significantly different from the quality of life experienced by the rest of Austin and other demographic groups?
- Is the City of Austin providing program services, financial assistance and other opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Hispanics?
Community Oversight Team
The Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Initiative is currently in the next phase of the planning process. A Community Oversight Team made of seven community members will review the report on community forum findings and recommendations created by a consultant. The team will hold additional forums as needed, develop recommendations and work on preparing a final report and action plan for Council consideration.
Members of the Community Oversight Team include: Susana Almanza, Johnny Limon, Lupe Morin, Sylvia Orozco, Teresa Perez-Wisely, Rose Reyes and Geronimo Rodriguez.