The Valle de Atrisco, commonly referred to as the South Valley, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the area. Its name comes from the original and historic land grant that it is part of, the Atrisco Land Grant. The word Atrisco taken from the original Nahuatl word, Atlixco, which means "upon the waters."
Over the past decades the Valle de Atrisco has gone through numerous cultural and economic changes. More than 40,000 people call the South Valley home and over 80% of these residents are Hispanic/Latino. The median household income is $36,821 and it is estimated that over 25% of persons in the South Valley live in poverty (2010 Census). Although the South Valley is often regarded as a 'poor' community, it is rich in its culture, identity, traditions, and resources. It only takes a quick glance at aerial maps of the area for one to realize that the community is rich in land and water. Moreover, many South Valley residents possess (or can potentially possess) a precious and valuable resource - water rights. To date, there are many residents who either lack knowledge that their properties possess water rights and/or if they do have knowledge of water rights, they are unsure of how to navigate the process of claiming their water rights. For more information on water rights, see our brochure.