making Arlington a better place
Originally the Gates of Arlington Tenants Association (GATA) in the Buckingham (BU) neighborhood, the organization came to be known as Buckingham Gates of Arlington Tenants Association or BU-GATA. Established by Latino renters in 1992, BU-GATA has come to be known as the Latino Organization in Arlington, VA representing the interest of Latino and low-income immigrants, focusing on housing advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement.
We reach adults through our outreach and housing related programs; and the youth through our youth programs
Outreach Program: The Promotoras. A County-wide program using a peer-to-peer network of neighborhood connectors or liaisons to help immigrants and others with language difficulties gain access to County services.
Housing-related programs: resident education on housing issues and their rights, working to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhoods throughout Arlington, intervention and mediation with landlords, development of tenant-friendly housing programs and minimizing the impact of displacement in Buckingham and other Arlington neighborhoods. Other programs include monitoring of relocation plans, ensuring that residents stay in their housing units and are not evicted.
Youth programs: BU-GATA works year-round with young people in the communities we serve to emphasize the importance of education and civic participation, with focus on high school graduation, college attainment and community identity and leadership skills.
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