Puentes is a Spanish word meaning “bridges.” Since 2007, Puentes has been building bridges connecting Latin American immigrants and their children to the greater New Orleans community. Our work is dedicated to overcoming economic, racial, and cultural divides and to providing Latin American families and communities with the resources, knowledge, and hands-on opportunities they need to thrive.
Puentes New Orleans was established in 2007 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community development organization to address the needs of Latin American immigrants in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the organization has worked to promote social change through policy research, advocacy, and civic engagement in the areas of education, health, housing, and economic asset building. Our programs are implemented through strategic partnerships, coalition building, and collective impact initiatives.
Equity & Inclusion
Puentes New Orleans is commited to bringing people of diverse backgrounds together and working collectively to ensure that race, national origin, and inherited economic status are not predictors of life outcome. We envision a world in which all working families are afforded equal opportunity to reside in quality affordable housing in safe neighborhoods with thriving economies, good schools, public transportation, and health care. To us, equity is not only a moral imperative but a community development strategy that will lead to stronger and more prosperous communities for everyone.