Programs for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and Other Low-Wage Workers

Background

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers are among the most poorly paid and ill-housed workers in the nation. This deprivation can be seen in places such as “colonias” along the Texas-Mexico border—residential areas that often lack the most basic living necessities including potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing.

Programs for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and Other Low-Wage Workers: Policy

Housing, income assistance, and other needs

In this policy: FederalState

Governments should:

  • pay greater attention to the plight of low-wage and unskilled workers in rural, colonia and metropolitan settings;
  • place greater emphasis on meeting the housing needs of migrant and seasonal farmworker families, concentrating on older adults and people with disabilities; and
  • develop outreach programs to ensure greater participation by migrant and seasonal farmworkers in all low-income assistance programs.