Dallas Study Finds More at Risk of Poverty Than Most Realize

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 February 23, 2012; Source: Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News recently introduced a brief but forceful editorial on the issue of financial security with a question for readers: “If you suddenly lost your job, could you come up with enough money to support your household for three months at a level that would keep the family from falling below the federal poverty mark?” If not, the editors added, “you are asset-poor and among the 39 percent of Dallas residents who live on this financial cliff.” With urban and suburban poverty on the rise throughout the U.S., the editorial is interesting because it reinforces the creative ways that nonprofits are already responding to these new challenges.

The report, “Assets and Opportunities Profile: Dallas,” was produced by the Corporation for Enterprise Development and sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Thomson Family Foundation. It depicts a “Dallas where many people face financial vulnerability that was not previously understood.” The goal of the report, according to Communities Foundation president and CEO Brent Christopher, is to help local nonprofits to “tailor their specific programs to have a more effective impact on the poverty issues in Dallas.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, the North Texas Food Bank is one nonprofit that has been responding effectively to the city’s recent changes, shifting its focus from emergency food supplies to more long-term aid. The organization’s website, which comes with the tagline “Rethink Hunger,” notes that the “lingering effects of a bad economy continue to bring new faces of hunger to our doors, many for the first time in their lives, and through no fault of their own.”

In response to the report, the Communities Foundation recently announced a new grant program for Dallas nonprofits serving the working poor to participate in a year-long leadership program focusing on program development and data analysis. –Anne Eigeman

  • Latisha

    Thank you!! Finally a story about Whitney’s passing that is not focused on her past problems, but remembers the good she did in this world. She sits by the side of God who understood her and put her here for a reason. Rest in peace sweet angel.

  • ruth

    I am so with you Latisha.

  • Jwrtr68

    And the media doesn’t jump on this but all the drugging and marriage issues they can’t leave alone! American journalism is in such short supply when it comes to an objective, complete perspective on who and what it reports on that it is beyond pathetic!