- 61% of Vietnamese speak English less than "very well" in the U.S., based on ACS 2010.
- Vietnamese Americans have high rate of poverty.
VIET 112, a Community Help Line, was born out a need to address the difficulty for individuals to find help. Even though numerous programs existed that could service just about every need, if you don’t speak English very well, it’s really hard to find out what kind of programs fit the situation and the contact information associated with the program. In Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area, where more than half of the Vietnamese population speak English less than “very well”, how would one know to seek a “benefits counselor” when their SSI payments are dwindling? When was the last time you came across instructions on how to contest a parking ticket in Vietnamese? What are the frequently asked questions people have in trying to find solutions in their lives?
We also face trying times. Vietnamese Americans have always had a higher rate of poverty than the county average. Part of trying to alleviate poverty is to help people overcome barriers to prosperity. But as language plays a large barrier in accessing available programs, we’re collecting data on the programs to see if they are appropriate for a Vietnamese person who speaks English as a second language, or does not speak English at all.
Viet112 operators standby 10hrs a day to help community connect to available resources.
Please join us in combating poverty, and helping every person have access to a healthier life. Together, we can give everyone in the community hope for a better tomorrow!
Viet112 is a project of VIVO - Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, EIN 94-2764504. For more information, please visit www.vivousa.org