Our History

Founded more than two decades ago, Hispanic Services Council (HSC) is a private, non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of Latino children and their families in Hillsborough County through initiatives that seek to promote high academic achievement among young and old, increase the health and well being of children and families, strengthen financial sustainability, and support civic engagement among residents and communities.

The brainchild of social service professionals in the early 1990’s concerned about the lack of services available to Latino families, HSC was initially an informal network that offered bilingual translation, information and referral services. Since those early days, the organization has strategically grown to become an important, impactful and vital resource for tens of thousands of Bay area Latino families.

Through its local advocacy work, HSC represents the issues and concerns of Latinos, and together with its community partners ensures that families receive services to address their housing, economic, health and educational needs. HSC's leadership and advocacy efforts have caused important changes in the delivery of support services to Latino families, and has influenced funding priorities that call for continued investment in addressing Latino issues.

HSC has forged strategic partnerships with various nationally funded initiatives that have brought millions of dollars in public and private investment around critical community issues affecting Latinos. In addition, HSC regularly partners with researchers, policy makers, funders and leaders in the community to offer technical assistance in the design, development and adaptation of programs targeting Latino children and families.


Building on our successes of the past, HSC seeks to expand its leadership role in the community to address the barriers that are keeping to many Latinos in the community living in poverty and at the margins of our social and civil society.