Majority Leader Hoyer joined Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia for a Visit to BakerRipley in East Aldine, Focused on Issues Relating to Urban Poverty

October 4, 2019
Press Release
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WASHINGTON, DCThis afternoon, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer joined Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia for a tour of BakerRipley’s East Aldine Campus, which offers a variety of community programming that aims to alleviate poverty in the greater Houston area.


“I thank Rep. Garcia for welcoming me to Houston to visit Baker-Ripley for an informative tour and conversation about the challenges facing this community,” said Leader Hoyer. “Rep. Garcia has been a great asset to the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity as Vice Chair on Urban Poverty. Together, along with the House Democratic Caucus, we have passed legislation to help Americans get ahead, including raising the minimum wage, protecting access to affordable health care, and helping workers save for retirement. We are also standing up to GOP efforts to undermine proven anti-poverty programs. We’ll continue working with organizations like Baker-Ripley to alleviate poverty and expand opportunity for more Americans.”


Organizations across the country like BakerRipley play an important role in combatting inequities by providing access to additional educational opportunities for children, assistance programs for seniors, and financial literacy tools for families.


“BakerRipley’s ability to deliver impact-driven programs to our region’s most vulnerable neighbors and communities, like East Aldine, is dependent on our ability to work side-by-side with residents and both private and public partners,” said Claudia Aguirre, CEO and President of BakerRipley. “I am thrilled Majority Leader Hoyer joined us today. I hope this visit will help inform the work Majority Leader Hoyer and Congresswoman Garcia are doing in Congress to address urban poverty.”


The 29th District of Texas has a poverty rate that is double and a median household income that is approximately $15,000 less than the national averages. “I am thankful that Majority Leader Hoyer joined me in Houston to learn more about what our city is doing to combat urban poverty,” said Congresswoman Garcia. “We in Congress have a responsibility to provide opportunities for all people, especially working families to make it into the middle class. Organizations such as BakerRipley are important partners in achieving this goal; thus, Congress must do more to support and work in partnership with organizations such as BakerRipley that make a difference in the lives of some many people.”



Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.