Founded in 2013 by a group of Latino activists and grassroots organizers, Latinos United for a New America’s (LUNA) goal is to unify communities in the city of San Jose, California, to achieve real, long-lasting changes in the areas of jobs, education, transportation, law enforcement, housing, and health. LUNA’s mission is to help Latino immigrants take positive action to address the poverty-related challenges that have hit their communities hard since the great recession.

This grant provides general support for LUNA, including: 1) empowering low-income Latinos and immigrants to advocate effectively for their interests; 2) expanding the number of neighborhoods and communities within which it works; 3) training neighborhood leaders; and, 4) facilitating the actions of neighborhood groups.