Getting help for Hispanics dealing with water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Getting help for Hispanics dealing with water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

There are several groups helping Flint residents during the water crisis, but for those who don't speak English it can be difficult to get the proper information.

"Communication has been a big thing because we haven't been able to get the word out, the Spanish speaking in their language," said Aurora Sauceda, with Latinos United for Flint.

She said about 6,000 people living in Flint are Hispanic.

Many of those who primarily speak Spanish lack resources and information on how to get help when it comes to the Flint water crisis.

"As far as getting information out to them there's been some translations done which is great, but they've used a Google translator and some of our people can barely read," Sauceda said.

She said it's also been difficult to spread awareness about how to get access to proper healthcare.

"There seems to be none and so we're working on that with the Department of Health and Human Services. We had EPA here for a few weeks. They've been helpful. They were two Hispanic ladies that came into town," Sauceda said.

Another challenge is getting help for the nearly 1,000 undocumented immigrants living in Flint. Sauceda said the Hispanic community has taken it upon themselves to join together and make sure they reach out to others who may not have accessed all the aid that's available for residents dealing with the crisis.

"We're slowly starting to build that capacity and getting the word out," Sauceda said.

If you or someone you know wants to talk to someone who speaks Spanish about how to get in Flint help call 810-471-5431.

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