Making a Difference Through Research and Policy

Latinos and Economic Security (LES) is a national research project funded by the Ford Foundation designed to enhance retirement security for middle-aged and older Latinos by developing and fostering a new policy agenda that will make issues of aging Latinos a priority for policy makers as well as the Hispanic community.

To accomplish this, the project will educate key decision makers as well as the public about the urgency of identifying needs and addressing the most pressing priorities facing an aging Latino community with particular emphasis on Latino baby boomers.

LES will also develop a number of educational products that can be accessed and used immediately by the Latino community to increase their understanding of Social Security as well as the impact of various proposed changes.

As such, the project will develop and disseminate educational products that will assess the status of Latino Baby Boomers, explore the financial risks and threats facing Latinos approaching retirement, and identify and explore opportunities to improve the financial security of Latinos.

This project is a collaborative effort of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, the USC Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, in partnership with the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).