For those who cannot help themselves to the extent that they are not able to provide the basics needs of life or are, through no fault of their own, forced into a situation that removes their ability to survive; HPLA Charities aka Habitaciones Para Latinos Association and other public and private associations and organizations work together to provide temporary if not permanent resources to those in need. The role of the Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is to acquire money & materials to help those in need have a safe and adequate shelter to protect them from the elements. We do this with the help of many generous entities including volunteers which are the backbone of all non-profit organizations, especially this one. We are targeting the Latino population but have not and will not turn down anyone who qualifies as needy.

Located in the Kansas City Kansas Metropolitan area and Wyandotte County & Johnson Counties in Kansas; HPLA Charities aka Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is focused on the ever growing population of the Hispanic culture. This group of citizens have a long history of striving up the social ladder and attaining self actualization by overcoming significant barriers sometimes deliberately placed in their way or restricted from certain inalienable rights, that are the self-evident basis for a free society.

There is no shortage of need in North America for decent, safe, affordable housing. For most of you it is routine to go to work everyday, earn a nice income and acquire a place to call your own. It is the beginning of basic physiological needs which all humans require. A place to plant your roots and thrive and grow. Unlike Maslow the focus of our organization is not only to recognize the properties of the physiological level of the human spirit but to understand and realize why some people will never meet all the requirements of that level. More so; they will never reach the next level of the pyramid called safety. There are many reasons why some people are not able to acquire or preserve their basic physiological needs. Most people will share stories of their humble beginning and how, through hard work, good luck and much community support were able to get past not only the first level of Maslow’s Hierarchy but reach it’s pentacle of self actualization.


An aside:

  • Physiological needs are the physical requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. Physiological needs are thought to be the most important; they should be met first. Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements.
  • With their physical needs relatively satisfied, the individual’s safety needs take precedence and dominate behavior. In the absence of physical safety – due to war, natural disaster, family violence, childhood abuse, etc. – people may experience post traumatic stress disorder or trans generational trauma. In the absence of economic safety – due to economic crisis and lack of work opportunities – these safety needs manifest themselves in ways such as a preference for job security, grievance procedures for protecting the individual from unilateral authority, savings accounts, insurance policies, reasonable disability accommodations, etc. This level is also found in children because they generally have a greater need to feel safe. Safety and Security needs include, personal security, financial security,  health and well-being and a safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, represented as a pyramid with the more basic needs at the bottom.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.[2] Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms “physiological”, “safety”, “belonging” and “love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.


Now back to those through no fault of their own and admittedly some due to their own bad choices are placed in a position where their ability to sustain themselves is lost. It is for the self preservation of society that something be done to help these people.

We have great organizations ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) who rescue animals and many other organizations like Habitat for Humanity to help people with the exterior of their homes. But, unlike ASPCA many organizations have restrictions so slipping through the cracks happens all to frequently.  Secondly, needy people “Don’t Know what they Don’t Know”!!!!!!!!!!

The Latino community is a very proud and restricted society which tends to want to do for themselves and will sacrifice for long periods of time to provide for themselves. Most times they won’t take a hand out even if offered. To that point children in this society are sometimes left without resources to accelerate their development and families are forced to work long hours and at more than one job to survive.

HPLA Charities aka Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is working to penetrate into these communities and insure the basic Physiological & Safety levels are being met and if not; provide resources and education to get these communities those resources. The end result is blighted neighborhoods are being transformed and the artistic architecture of Hispanic scenes are rising up and transforming the blight into beautiful neighborhoods by these Latinos. We want to do all we can to perpetuate their efforts and give them a leg up if possible.

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