Empower Women. Fight Poverty. Impact Generations.
Poverty is rampant in Dallas. In the Dallas metro area, asset poverty is at 34%, compared to the national rate of 25%. The income poverty rate is 21%, compared to the national average of 13%, and is 5 times higher for households of color. 30% of households are female-headed yet they represent 53% of households living in poverty.
Unfortunately, antipoverty and safety net programs have failed repeatedly to take into account the reality of women’s lives and offer sufficient provisions to help women escape poverty. In fact, recent reports show significant income inequality in Dallas, with the top 20% earning 5.2 times more than the bottom 20%.
Intervening to help women and families escape poverty is critical to the future of our children and our community. Studies have linked poverty to smaller brain surface areas, supporting evidence that growing up poor hinders brain development and leads to poorer performance in school. Lack of financial well-being is often at the root of the problems other sectors are working to address. Recent data from across the country show that “no matter what your [nonprofit’s] long-term goal may be, whether its boosting high school graduation rate, improving health, promoting more viable families, or developing better workers for 21st century jobs, it requires families and communities to reach some threshold of financial well-being” (What It’s Worth; 2016).