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Impact Stories

NALCAB Network Impact Stories

Through grantmaking, technical assistance and training, research and advocacy, NALCAB supports our member network of 200+ nonprofits in making measurable, sustaining impact on Latino and immigrant communities across the country. Discover how NALCAB is empowering low- and moderate-income communities and entrepreneurs to achieve financial and social equity and drive the US economy.

NALCAB San Antonio, TX

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Marla Bilonick, President and CEO of NALCAB, presents a crucial strategy in the fight against displacement: proactive identification of gentrification patterns. In her article, Marla discusses NALCAB's neighborhood trend analytical framework, comprising key indicators like home values, rent prices, income levels, and demographic shifts.

Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE) Long Beach, CA

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Sylvanna Uribe's article dives into the impactful work of Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE), a NALCAB member. Founded in 2016, LiBRE tackles pressing housing issues plaguing renters, from unjust rent hikes to unsafe living conditions. Sylvanna highlights LiBRE's multifaceted approach, which includes educating renters on their rights, fostering leadership skills among tenants for political advocacy, and innovating affordable housing solutions.

Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) Washington, DC

Financial Capability, Small Business

In his illuminating article, Javier Rivas of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), a valued NALCAB member, sheds light on LEDC's pivotal role in supporting BIPOC and immigrant-based businesses. Serving as a beacon of hope, LEDC functions as a community development financial institution, offering crucial technical assistance to the Latinx community and beyond.

Adelante Mujeres Washington County, OR

Financial Capability

Mara Rico and Lourdes Herencia Carrasco of NALCAB member Adelante Mujeres illuminate the journey of a small Latino community in Washington County, Oregon. With a focus on empowering Latina immigrants and their families, Adelante Mujeres has pioneered a holistic support system over two decades.

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) San Francisco, CA

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Christina Tetreault, Director of Marketing and Communications at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), unveils the rich history of Latino resilience in San Francisco's Mission district. Against the backdrop of redlining and urban renewal threats in the postwar era, Latino residents found solace and solidarity in the Mission. Tetreault recounts the community's fierce resistance against proposed high-rise developments, a pivotal moment that started MEDA in 1973. With roots deeply embedded in activism, MEDA continues its mission to empower low-income and immigrant Latinos, ensuring their voices shape the narrative of the neighborhood's future, preserving its vibrant heritage for generations to come.

Allapattah Collaborative CDC Miami, FL

Equitable Neighborhood Development

In her article, Mileyka Burgos-Flores, Executive Director of member, Allapattah Collaborative CDC, dives into the challenges facing the community of Allapattah in northwest Miami. With a rich tapestry woven by generations of Dominican immigrants, Allapattah stands as a beacon of vibrancy and resilience. However, beneath its bustling surface lies the looming threat of gentrification. Read more

Greenline Access Capital Philadelphia, PA

Small Business

Alma del Mar is a family-owned Mexican seafood restaurant owned by Marcos & Alma who received support from Greenline Access Capital to become loan-ready, apply for grants, and access capital for their business.

¡HICA! Birmingham, AL

Small Business

Heavenly, Gifts by Liz is a specialty store in Pelham, Alabama owned by Liset Martinez. Liz received support from the dedicated staff at ¡HICA! where they provided tailored TA to increase her credit score, intensive training on business management.

Avanzando Juntos | Growing Together Tulsa, Oklahoma

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Construyendo Tulsa is an initiative developed in 2022 in response to the Hispanic contractor community in Tulsa, OK. Construction business owners approached Avanzando Juntos about difficulties with city registration, permitting, insurance, and building a project pipeline.

Enterprising Latinas, Inc. Wimauma, FL

Small Business

With the coaching, training, and support that she has received at Enterprising Latinas in the last few years, Carmen knows that her cakes are her bridge to prosperity.

Prospera Oakland, California

Small Business

Claudia Arroya is an immigrant woman, single mother, waitress, theatrical performer, backpacker, adoptee, activist and now Executive Director of Prospera. Claudia has been identified by the national TV program, Good Morning America, to shed light on the profound and incredible magic that happens when we are seen and heard and take ownership of our stories to transform our realities using entrepreneurship as a vehicle for personal, family and community transformation.

Inclusive Action for the City Los Angeles, CA

Financial Capability

When Angel Archuleta first approached Inclusive Action for support with his small business, he was faced with obstacles that seemed unsurmountable, such as poor credit due to past-due predatory loans and his status as a formerly incarcerated individual. Now that he has been able to rebuild his credit and access the capital he needs to invest in his business, Angel continues successfully designing and selling his clothing as a second-generation street vendor in South Central Los Angeles.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) Jamaica Plain, MA

Small Business

Director Carlos Espinoza-Toro and his team of three at JPNDC had a mission to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. They supported mostly immigrant-owned businesses by helping them develop marketing plans or apply for loans and other critical services.

Fundación Bucarabón Maricao, Puerto Rico

Equitable Neighborhood Development

La Fundación Bucarabón sigue trabajando para aportar al crecimiento social y económico de Maricao desde su sede en el barrio Bucarabones, en la antigua escuela Segunda Unidad Francisco Vincenty, rescatada por esta organización sin fines de lucro para crear un centro comunitario.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Sacramento, CA

Small Business

Leveraging its status as an SBA 7a Community Advantage Lender, RCAC worked around the clock in the early days of the COVID pandemic, making 307 total PPP loans, deploying nearly $25 million, and saving 3,571 jobs.

Women's Economic Ventures Santa Barbara, CA

Small Business

With grant funding from Kaiser Permanente & NALCAB, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will provide five Ventura County small business owners with no-cost TA and training, as well as $10,000 in forgivable funding.

East LA Community Corporation Los Angeles, CA

Small Business

After decades of criminalization, street vendors achieved a major victory in getting their legal status recognized by the Los Angeles city council in 2018. This article highlights the work of community organizations, including NALCAB member East Los Angeles Community Corporation, in raising awareness about the vulnerability of beloved street vendors as we strive for a more just and equitable recovery post-pandemic.

Mi Casa, Inc. Washington, DC

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Como parte de su compromiso de $30B para ayudar a avanzar hacia la equidad racial, JP Morgan Chase está trabajando con Mi Casa, Inc para abordar la brecha en la disponibilidad de viviendas a precios asequibles.

Latino Economic Development Center Washington, DC

Small Business

With support from Kaiser Permanente, NALCAB selected 39 community organizations, including LEDC, to receive support potentially reaching nearly 12,000 entrepreneurs.

Homewise Santa Fe, NM

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Homewise has operated a local version of a homeownership voucher idea in New Mexico for years and has helped thousands of new buyers with down payment assistance, from Albuquerque to high-cost Santa Fe.

¡HICA! Birmingham, AL

Financial Capability

As part of a 2018-2020 Wells Fargo grant from NALCAB, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) was able to more formally integrate financial capability curriculum into their existing programs and drastically increase the number of clients that they were able to help gain financial success.

Come Dream. Come Build Brownsville, TX

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Acquired with support from NALCAB's Catalyst Fund, the historic downtown bank building will be rehabilitated into permanent affordable housing and a grocery store.

Jamaica Plain NDC Jamaica Plain, MA

Financial Capability

When Lisa first approached JPNDC, she was unemployed and living on the savings she had accumulated in hopes of one day buying a home. Through their services and a rent reporting pilot, she found employment, raised her credit score, began saving for retirement, a home and college for her child and more.

Mission Economic Development Agency San Francisco, CA

Pete Garcia Fellowship

A 2019 Pete Garcia Fellowship Alum, Lucia discusses how her experience emigrating to the US from Guatemala at age 11 will shape her plans to take San Francisco's immigrant community from resilient to thriving.

NALCAB San Antonio, TX

Equitable Neighborhood Development

Supported by NALCAB and led by UTSA’s Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research, “Comfort Vision 2050” offers the Hill Country community of Comfort a bottom-up, grassroots approach to urban planning that acknowledges the residents’ recent decision to resist incorporation.

Latino Economic Development Center St. Paul, MN

Small Business

Shared Ground started in 2014, organized by farmers and LEDC. With the pandemic and the civil unrest resulting from George Floyd dying at the hands of Minneapolis police, several grocery stores were damaged, creating food deserts in Minneapolis.

The Allapattah Collaborative CDC Miami, FL

Equitable Neighborhood Development

For many commercial districts, the displacement of long-standing businesses and residents due to gentrification looms as an all-too-real threat. To prevent this  in Miami's Allapattah district, the Allapattah Collaborative CDC has created an Equitable Development Action Plan.

Mission Economic Development Agency San Francisco, CA

Small Business

Nearly two decades after starting to make tamales in her Berkeley home, Alicia Villanueva has landed 50+ contracts with grocery stores. Her journey started with support from MEDA to earn a loan and TA.

Avenue CDC Houston, Texas

Equitable Neighborhood Development

In 2018, with support from NALCAB, Avenue created a pilot prefabricated, also known as modular construction, project design in the heart of the Northline neighborhood. The success of the project sparked interest in constructing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the community as a means of creating affordable housing on existing home sites and helping residents remain in their homes by providing an additional way to generate income.