Colonia Libertad


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History of Colonia Libertad
Programs and Services
Located in Southeast Salem, Colonia Libertad is Salem's first farmworker housing project. Colonia Libertad has 48 apartments, ranging from one to four bedrooms including four apartments especially designed for residents with disabilities. Colonia Libertad has a community meeting space, a computer lab and office space for community organizations partnering with FHDC.
Soon after the completion of the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center (2003), FHDC began construction of the first farmworker housing to be built in Salem. This new community, Colonia Libertad, opened in June, 2005 and was fully occupied within a month. Several local organizations serving Latinos have located their offices at Colonia Libertad located in the southeast section of Salem. On the west side of the community building is a colorful two-story mural depicting the history of Latino farmworkers in the United States. The mural was painted by mural artist Hector Hernandez with the enthusiastic help of ten farmworker children who are residents of FHDC housing.

Colonia Libertad offers rents at affordable rates that take into consideration the family's income. This has enabled many households to leave overcrowded and poor living conditions for attractive, safe, and spacious housing. Colonia Libertad is a vibrant community and has been a magnet for service providers and volunteers. In 2007 alone, over 150 volunteers participated in Colonia Libertad's education and recreation programs, including student groups from Willamette University and Chemeketa Community College. The popularity of Colonia Libertad has increased so much, that recently well-know Latino author, Maria Amparo Escandon, visited the site and took part in our after school activities. Colonia Libertad currently has a waiting list of nearly 300 families.
Programs and services currently offered at Colonia Libertad:
Adult Programs and Services in collaboration with Mano a Mano Family Center and the Salem
Keizer Coalition for Equality

  • Mi Salud en Mis Manos Program (My Health in My Hands)
  • Computer classes
  • Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality Parent Educational Trainings
  • Sewing Group
  • Tae kwon do classes
  • Guitar classes
  • Yoga and Aerobics
  • Monthly consultations with attorneys
  • Ongoing educational presentations from community agencies such as The Oregon Law Center
  • ESL tutoring classes
  • Citizenship classes
  • Family Literacy
  • Annual Health Fair
  • Food pantry
  • Resident Association

Services and programs for children and youth

  • After school tutoring and arts and crafts activities
  • Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS)- Youth leadership development.
  • Guitar classes
  • Tae Kwon Do classes
  • Family Literacy for Pre-K and Elementary children
  • Yoga and Aerobics
  • Summer Enrichment Program offering a wide range of activities including: field trips to colleges and universities, gardening, family literacy, and arts and crafts