Perspectives

Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas–Mexico Border

Colonias in Texas, home to an estimated 500,000 people, represent one of the country’s largest areas of concentrated poverty. Over the past two decades, community organizers, residents, elected officials, nonprofits and government agencies have made strides in bringing resources into the Texas–Mexico border colonias to improve residents’ quality of life. This report describes and analyzes the opportunities, successes and challenges in infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education, and health and presents a comprehensive profile of Texas’ border colonias by using both quantitative and qualitative data.

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Economic Development & Human Capital

    Financial Access & Capability

      Housing & Neighborhood Stabilization