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Why the Latino Community?
Local service agencies estimate that Latinos make up 5% of the Chattanooga population, or about 20,000. The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies found that Latinos are the fastest growing population subgroup in both Chattanooga and Hamilton County. Among younger Latinos, public school enrollment has more than tripled between 2001 and 2008.
About La Paz Chattanooga
La Paz is the leading organization connecting the growing Latino community to the people of the greater Chattanooga area. Since its inception in 2004, La Paz has worked to build tolerance, opportunity and mutual understanding, so as to create an environment in which cultural acceptance can thrive.
The La Paz staff is bilingual, bicultural and skilled at meeting the needs of the diverse Latino community. The La Paz office is strategically located in the heart of where a large number of Latinos have taken residence. With such direct access to and cultural knowledge of the Latino community, La Paz is the source upon which local and regional organizations depend for accurate information of, appropriate service toward, and trusted access to the Latino community.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission statement is to empower and engage Chattanooga's Latino population through advocacy education and inclusion. Every program and service of La Paz is planned and implemented as a reflection of the mission, specifically tailored to the language, culture and background of the Latino community.