Little Village has been the Midwest’s main port of entry to many Latino immigrants for many years. It is a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, home to about 100,000 residents. It is estimated that 47% of the population in Little Village are foreign born residents. Little Village is one the most dense communities in Chicago. There is more than 17,000 of people living per square mile in Little Village. For such a dense community, Little Village also has the least amount of green space per capita in the City of Chicago.
The asthma, obesity, teen birth, and mental-health rates in Little Village are among the highest in the city of Chicago. Because of this, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization has worked for 20 years on issues that affect the environment that working-class families live in every day to achieve self-determination.