Contributions and Current Problems Faced by the Boston Latino Community in Villa Victoria

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Contributions and Current Problems Faced by the Boston Latino Community in Villa Victoria Introduction As the United States continues to experience significant shifts in its demographic composition, the search for viable community-level culturally sensitive models has assumed new importance and relevance in recent years. One such model, the 30-acre region known as Villa Victoria in Boston's South End, is home to about 450 Latino families, mostly Puerto Ricans, who share a common heritage and culture as well as a number of significant problems. To determine the contributions of the Villa Victoria community as well as the extent and type of the problems they face, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature, followed by a summary of the research and important findings in the conclusion. Review and Discussion Contributions Made by Villa Victoria The South End of Boston first emerged as the center of the Latino community during the 1950s when Puerto Ricans began to settle in the 30-acre community known as "Parcel 19," led by the Emergency Tenants Council, becoming one of the first housing construction program in the United States to be developed and controlled by a community group on such a large scale. By 1973, the Emergency Tenants Council had established the goal to move beyond "building housing to building community," and restructured itself as the tenant-controlled Inquilinos Boricuas en Acci贸n (IBA) which developed Parcel 19 into Villa Victoria

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