By Nashelly Chavez, September 28, 2020, Press Democrat.
Latinos lag Sonoma County as a whole in rates of homeownership, and rural, low-income families have a harder time accessing high-speed internet, disparities that have made it more difficult for those families to succeed in Sonoma County amid recent fires, floods and the coronavirus pandemic.
Those topics were at the center of discussion Thursday during the 7th annual State of the Latino Community forum hosted virtually by Los Cien, a Sonoma County Latino leadership organization.
Titled “Re-imagining the Latinx Community Post-Pandemic,” the forum consisted of two panels, the first of which explored systemic barriers in housing affordability and ownership for Latino families in Sonoma County and statewide.
The second panel delved into the factors that have contributed to creating a “digital divide” between those who have access to high-speed internet and those who do not.