- Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices
Date Published: April 2015
Over the past two decades since the initial study, community organizers, residents, elected officials, nonprofits and government agencies have made strides in bringing resources into the colonias to improve residents’ quality of life. In 2013, the Dallas Fed began to research how these communities have evolved; the results are documented in this report. The purpose of the study is to provide an updated assessment of the opportunities, successes and challenges of colonia communities in achieving the American Dream, in which all Americans have the opportunity to work hard and prosper at school and their jobs, in their homes and neighborhoods. The research includes focus groups and in-depth interviews with residents, service providers and local community leaders, and an analysis of data from the Census Bureau and state entities, including the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State and the Texas Department of State Health Services.