Asset Assessments and Latino Communities


in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI:
Asset Assessments and Latino Communities

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Asset assessments of urban communities of color bring with them a unique set of rewards and challenges for community social workers. These communities, however, do require the introduction of innovative ways of gathering and assessing information. The demographic trends involving Latinos in the United States essentially mean that this community is no longer concentrated in select geographic regions of the country (Northeast, Southwest, and West) and is also no longer concentrated in major urban areas, with small towns and rural areas experiencing rapid increases of Latinos. Consequently, the value of community asset assessments in this community of color has national, rather than regional implications. Naturally, adjustments will have to be made to take into account local circumstances, for example, as in communities in which Latinos who are undocumented represent a growing, if not significant, sector of the community.

Keywords: urban communities; color; national value; asset assessments; rewards and challenges

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