The Center of Housing and Urban Development (CHUD) at Texas
A&M University’s College of Architecture is collaborating
with the Institute of Mexicans Abroad and the Mexican Consulate
in El Paso, Texas in the implementation of a new pilot program
aimed at protecting the rights and well-being of Mexican nationals
in the United States.
The program, Ventanilla de Salud, or Windows of Health, provides
bilingual health-care education and advocacy to Mexicans in Texas,
while helping them take advantage of the myriad services provided
by the Mexican government through the Mexican Consulate in El
Paso. The office assists an average of 150-200 Mexican nationals
per day with issues as diverse as health care counseling and
assistance with insurance policies.
CHUD’s role in the collaborative program is funded by
a $29,000 grant from the Mexican government's Institute of Mexicans
Abroad, which allows CHUD outreach workers to act as liaisons
between the Hispanic residents of El Paso’s rural and urban
communities and the Ventanilla de Salud program.
CHUD serves the region through its Western Rio Grande Region
Colonias Program, which is designed to assist residents of low-income
settlements, or colonias, in improving the quality of their lives.
The program works in partnership with local government, state
and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations to promotes
the active involvement of residents in strengthening the social
infrastructure of the community.
For more information about CHUD’s partnership with the
Mexican Consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud program, contact
Pema Garcia, associate director of CHUD’s Western Rio Grande
Region at 877-860-9528.
Vanegas, director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development
at Texas A&M University poses at the Mexican Consulate
in El Paso with Mexican Consul Juan Carlos Foncerrada Berumen
and Pema Garcia, regional director the Colonias Program Western