Report shows impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Colorado Latinos


As she sat in Rainbow Park in Silverthorne on June 4, 2020, working mother Neyra Lopez describes her struggle to live and work in Summit County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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To better understand how the state’s Latin American population has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Organization for the Opportunity and Reproductive Rights of Latinas recruited BSP Research to conduct a survey in August. The survey collected responses from 1,000 Latino adults statewide, and full results will be released next month.

According to a press release, some of the early findings were that 60% of Latin American families have had their working hours or wages reduced, or that a member of their household has lost their job; 56% had difficulty paying their bills or utilities; 50% had difficulty paying their rent or mortgage; and 33% did not have enough to eat.

The statement said that Latinos on the West Slope were more likely to have difficulty meeting their basic needs, including about 40% who did not have enough food to eat and 64% who had difficulty paying rent or their mortgage.

To make up for cut or reduced paychecks, the press release reported that 34% said they used all or most of their savings to pay for their expenses and 19% said they had to skip a monthly payment of car, rent or mortgage. . About 20% said they postponed or reduced their health-related spending. The survey also found that 14% of respondents said they had moved or changed accommodation as a result.

The release said 42% of Colorado’s Latino population had $ 1,000 or less in savings for financial emergencies and 20% had $ 100 or less in savings. Overall, the survey indicated that 37% of Latinos in Colorado are “very confident” that they can afford basic expenses, such as food, shelter and utilities.

In order to make ends meet, the survey found that 19% of Latino residents on the West Slope “turned to payday or easy loan companies that charge high interest rates.”

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