The research of the study culminated in a 75-page document, revealing staggering numbers about the growing Hispanic population in York County.
For example, 80 percent of those surveyed earn less than $35,000 per year.
Further, the poverty rate among the Hispanic population was 32.1 percent in the county and 47.3 percent in the city. For comparison, the poverty rate in the county as a whole was 8.6 percent and 32 percent in the city.
The study also found that many of those surveyed spoke mainly Spanish and required someone, like their children, to translate things for them, including regular speech as well as bills.
Focus groups, which Cody often guided, expressed concern for English as a Second Language classes for those children, given the varying ages and range of languages children enrolled in the program speak.
“The study showed that these people want to work, they want to have a better life, but they just need the resources to do so,” Cody says.