Dove Springs: Turning the Corner http://kut.org en How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress http://kut.org/post/how-halloween-flood-survivors-are-recovering-post-traumatic-stress <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the surface of the Onion Creek neighborhood, there’s progress.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The community is slowly recovering from 2013's deadly Halloween floods. Many families are back in their homes, even though most homes have yet to be fully rebuilt. But scratch the surface, and people are still suffering the psychological effects of that night.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Often when we hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it's in the context of war. But David Evans, CEO of Austin/Travis County Integral Care, says PTSD can affect those who survive any traumatic experience.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145276760&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:20:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 10251 at http://kut.org How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress Report Lists Over 100 Lessons From Austin's Deadly Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/report-lists-over-100-lessons-austins-deadly-halloween-floods <p>It’s taken the City of Austin and Travis County almost six months to finalize a report detailing <span style="line-height: 1.5;">emergency response to the 2013 Halloween floods:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what worked, what needs improvement and what – flat out – did not work.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/pio/document.cfm?id=208521" style="line-height: 1.5;">See the full report here [PDF].</a></p><p>The report repeatedly highlights communication problems: between agencies, then between first responders, then with the general public. There was no clear channel of communication. There was no awareness about the kind of people who lived in the affected area either: a majority-minority community that does not primarily communicate using English.</p><p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:33:58 +0000 Joy Diaz 10205 at http://kut.org Report Lists Over 100 Lessons From Austin's Deadly Halloween Floods 'I Gotta Keep Going:' Boxing Has Dove Springs Students Pushing Ahead http://kut.org/post/i-gotta-keep-going-boxing-has-dove-springs-students-pushing-ahead <p>For the past seven months KUT has <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">focused on the Dove Springs neighborhood</a> in southeast Austin. We’ve been looking at issues facing this largely poor, immigrant community: access to healthcare, educational issues, affordable housing –&nbsp;and how organizations and individuals are trying to bring change.</p><p>In October, we went to <a href="http://kut.org/post/video-dove-springs-students-find-discipline-inside-boxing-ring">a boxing ring at Mendez Middle School</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">An after-school program there is teaching the kids boxing as a way to provide some structure after classes let out.</span></p><p>We went back to the ring recently – and found quite a few things had changed.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144189176&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:50:17 +0000 Kate McGee 10198 at http://kut.org 'I Gotta Keep Going:' Boxing Has Dove Springs Students Pushing Ahead There's a Different Kind of Homelessness for Onion Creek Flood Victims http://kut.org/post/theres-different-kind-homelessness-onion-creek-flood-victims <p>When you think about the word “homeless,” what comes to mind?</p><p>Homelessness can include a person who lacks housing. But it is also includes people in transitional housing. That's where Lydia&nbsp;Huerta, her husband and their three kids found themselves after they lost their home to flooding October 31.</p><p>Huerta&nbsp;says she "never really felt panic" until she lost her home.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140640359&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:49:04 +0000 Joy Diaz 10012 at http://kut.org There's a Different Kind of Homelessness for Onion Creek Flood Victims Dove Springs Residents Hope New City Council Elections Give Neighborhood a Voice http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-residents-hope-new-city-council-elections-give-neighborhood-voice <p><em>Since August of last year, KUT has been looking at the Dove Springs neighborhood in Southeast Austin in its <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Turning the Corner</a>&nbsp;series. It’s a neighborhood trying to rise above the challenges of poverty –&nbsp;and one common theme that’s been repeated by residents is that they feel ignored.</em></p><p>Cynthia Valadez used to live in the Dove Springs neighborhood.</p><p>“That was the one area of Travis County and the City of Austin that failed to get the clinics, the offices, the grocery stores, the doctor’s offices,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Valadez&nbsp;says. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anything that’s health related didn’t go there. You couldn’t do anything in that community."</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138298463&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9907 at http://kut.org Dove Springs Residents Hope New City Council Elections Give Neighborhood a Voice Austin to Receive Federal Funds to Buyout Homes in Onion Creek http://kut.org/post/austin-receive-federal-funds-buyout-homes-onion-creek <p>The federal government is sending $11.8 million to Travis County to help buy out homes in the flood-prone Onion Creek neighborhood.</p><p>More than 600 homes in the area were damaged or destroyed <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">in last October’s floodin</a>g, but Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office says the effort to buy out homes and restore the area to its natural habitat goes back to another flash flood there in 1998.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:41:40 +0000 Kate McGee 9897 at http://kut.org Austin to Receive Federal Funds to Buyout Homes in Onion Creek This Dove Springs Librarian Tells Austin Students to 'Get Mad' and Demand an Education http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-librarian-tells-austin-students-get-mad-and-demand-education <p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">This article is part of KUT's year-long series called&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Turning the Corner</a>, which takes a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.&nbsp;For decades, the neighborhood has had a negative reputation. Now, many community members are trying to change the perception of the 78744 zip code.&nbsp;</em><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Listen to those stories here</a>.</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px;">In low-income neighborhoods around Austin, 87 percent of children entering kindergarten are considered unprepared for school, which means many of them lack basic literacy skills.&nbsp;At Mendez Middle School in Austin’s Dove Springs neighborhood, that struggle is obvious.&nbsp;Last year, less than half of Mendez sixth graders passed the state standardized test for reading.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135922194&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:18:18 +0000 Kate McGee 9821 at http://kut.org This Dove Springs Librarian Tells Austin Students to 'Get Mad' and Demand an Education City Council Poised to Decide on 'Stealth Dorm' Regulations http://kut.org/post/city-council-poised-decide-stealth-dorm-regulations <p>The city of Austin limits the number of unrelated adults who can live in a single-family home. Right now, that limit is six.</p><p>But there’s a push before the <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=515&amp;doctype=agenda" target="_blank">Austin City Council</a> to lower that number to four.&nbsp; The Austin City Council meets today to decide whether to impose new rules that would lower occupancy limits – and do away with what some call “<a href="http://kut.org/post/will-occupancy-limits-aimed-stealth-dorms-hurt-austin-affordability" target="_blank">stealth dorms</a>.”</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:18:20 +0000 Joy Diaz 9778 at http://kut.org City Council Poised to Decide on 'Stealth Dorm' Regulations Men on Parole Search For Fresh Start in Austin's Dove Springs http://kut.org/post/men-parole-search-fresh-start-austins-dove-springs <p><em>This article is part of KUT's year-long series called <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Turning the Corner</a>, which takes a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, the neighborhood has had a negative reputation. Now, many community members are trying to change the perception of the 78744 zip code.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>KUT is documenting those efforts, the people trying to make a difference, the setbacks they face and how they work to overcome them. <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Listen to more stories here</a>. </em></p><p>Dove Springs is the only neighborhood in Austin where you can find a parole office – one of the reasons more parolees end up in Southeast Austin than any other neighborhood.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133492790&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:16:28 +0000 Joy Diaz 9735 at http://kut.org Men on Parole Search For Fresh Start in Austin's Dove Springs Onion Creek Residents Worry About Mold After Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/onion-creek-residents-worry-about-mold-after-halloween-floods <p>The mostly uninhabited neighborhood of Onion Creek in southeast Austin has experienced some growth.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it’s growth the few neighbors who are back do not welcome.</span></p><p>Mold and mildew is growing in many of the homes that were left uninhabited after last year’s floods, which could create health problems for those living in Onion Creek.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132124323&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:41:33 +0000 Joy Diaz 9674 at http://kut.org Onion Creek Residents Worry About Mold After Halloween Floods How Music Kept This Dove Springs Student in School http://kut.org/post/how-music-kept-dove-springs-student-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Chronic absenteeism is a common problem among low-income schools; Austin’s Dove Springs neighborhood is no exception. The neighborhood has the largest concentration of high absenteeism students in the city – and teachers say there are some students who miss up to 40 days of school in one semester.</p><p>But many students aren’t skipping class to avoid schoolwork. Some lack transportation; others are dealing with health issues. Still, other have responsibilities like raising siblings or working to support their families.</p><p>Isay&nbsp;Medrano is one of those students.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131145997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:40:22 +0000 Kate McGee 9633 at http://kut.org How Music Kept This Dove Springs Student in School MLK Day Cleanup Rids Flood-Stricken Onion Creek Park of Debris http://kut.org/post/mlk-day-cleanup-rids-flood-stricken-onion-creek-park-debris <p>The flood-stricken neighborhood of Onion Creek honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today by cleaning a community park that’s been covered with debris since last year’s Halloween flood.</p><p>Metallic doors, glass from broken windows, gas tanks were among the many items strewn about the park.&nbsp;Mary-Lee&nbsp;Plumb-Mentjes&nbsp;filled an entire bucket with broken glass. “I’ve always picked up trash,”&nbsp;Plumb-Mentjes&nbsp;said. “We’ve been given two hands [and] I feel we should use [them] when we see something,”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F130514912&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:06:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 9594 at http://kut.org MLK Day Cleanup Rids Flood-Stricken Onion Creek Park of Debris Why Some Flood Homeowners Think Twice Before Selling to the City of Austin http://kut.org/post/why-some-flood-homeowners-think-twice-selling-city-austin <p>The city of Austin has made offers to buy at least two dozen homes <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods" target="_blank">damaged by the Halloween flood</a>. Why then, are some homeowners refusing to sell?</p><p>Floods are nothing new in South East Austin’s Onion Creek neighborhood. And neither is the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/onion-creek" target="_blank">city’s buyout program.</a> It began back in 1998. The idea has always been to buy homes in the floodplain using taxpayer money to avoid future loss of life and property damages.</p><p>Terry Morris, a contractor and a real estate agent in Austin, owns a duplex in Onion Creek that’s been on the city’s buyout list for years. He recently opted out of the program. <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129740380&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:48:25 +0000 Joy Diaz 9565 at http://kut.org Why Some Flood Homeowners Think Twice Before Selling to the City of Austin In Dove Springs, Defying the Downward Trend in Teen Pregnancy http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-defying-downward-trend-teen-pregnancy <p>Damaris&nbsp;Covarrubias&nbsp;lives in Dove Springs, with her entire extended family. It is a huge family. So large in fact, that&nbsp;Damaris&nbsp;has never stopped to actually count how many there are.</p><p>“Okay, my grandparents, I think they had 9 kids. Cousins? I think there’s like 30 or 40 of us. Including the little ones? I don’t know. And now every cousin’s having babies so it keeps on growing and growing,”&nbsp;Covarrubias&nbsp;admits.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:18:59 +0000 Joy Diaz 9517 at http://kut.org In Dove Springs, Defying the Downward Trend in Teen Pregnancy Travis County Provides Tax Relief for Flood Victims http://kut.org/post/travis-county-provides-tax-relief-flood-victims <p>It is property tax season and, for the people affected by <a href="http://kut.org/term/halloween-floods">last October’s floods</a>, there will be some relief. The <a href="http://kut.org/post/obama-issues-disaster-declaration-austins-halloween-flooding">disaster declaration</a> Texas Governor Rick Perry signed in December means flood victims can have their properties re-assessed and can make their payments in installments.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The relief will be small, since it will only cover the months of November and December, but Travis County <a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tax_assessor/">Tax Assessor Bruce </a></span><a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tax_assessor/">Elfant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said at a press conference today that, for over 600 properties, the relief means they’ll have a smaller tax payment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:03:28 +0000 Joy Diaz 9482 at http://kut.org Travis County Provides Tax Relief for Flood Victims