The National Association for Hispanic Elderly/Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (NAHE) is committed to achieving social change by focusing on the needs of low-income minority and Hispanic/Latino older persons, thus impacting the Hispanic/Latino community and the nation as a whole. NAHE believes in the right of each human being to have a decent and dignified life. Because of this belief, NAHE attempts to provide some visible means of achieving such a way of life, especially for low-income older persons, many of whom, because of language and cultural differences, are more vulnerable than their contemporaries. In response to the needs of these low-income older persons, NAHE is committed to providing bicultural models of service through economic development programs, health education, housing, employment, and training programs. NAHE is also committed to working in partnership with public and private organizations that are also willing to advocate with us to guaranty access to all benefits and services for those older persons with the greatest social and economic needs. Aware of ongoing societal changes, NAHE attempts to remain open and creative in their commitment to serve Hispanics/Latinos and other low-income communities.
The scope of NAHE’s work includes older worker employment programs, direct services for the elderly, community economic development projects, affordable housing, health education programs, pioneering research, training and technical assistance, art and culture programs, model projects, and award-winning bilingual media productions. NAHE currently administers one of the national Senior Community Service Employment Projects funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, a Senior Environmental Employment Project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NAHE is also the national grantee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging’s National Minority Aging/Hispanic Technical Assistance Center. NAHE has offices in five states and the District of Columbia, as well as subprojects in an additional seven states. NAHE has an extended national network of signed agreements with more than 500 public and private community-based organizations, nonprofit health providers, and faith-based churches and organizations. Over the past 36 years, NAHE has provided more than 60,000 paid jobs for low-income older workers and has generated an additional 14,000 jobs outside of their grant program in both the private and nonprofit sectors. These services are the best example of NAHE’s impact on the life of thousands of Hispanics/Latinos and other low-income older persons and their families throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Carmela G. Lacayo, Ph.D.
President and CEO