poverty http://kut.org en 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices http://kut.org/post/promotoras-help-texas-borders-poorest-seniors-make-healthy-choices <p>Some of the poorest seniors in Texas live in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.</p><p>Many only speak Spanish and don’t have access to the basics, like food or medical care. But a&nbsp;Texas A&amp;M professor and his team of&nbsp;community health workers – or "promotoras&nbsp;de&nbsp;salud”&nbsp;– are trying to find ways to help seniors along the border improve those conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>They're working in places like the colonia&nbsp;border town of&nbsp;Progreso, near the Mexican border. Progreso is &nbsp;one of the poorest places in the one of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is more than 10 percent.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138125551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:39:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9899 at http://kut.org 'Promotoras' Help Texas Border's Poorest Seniors Make Healthy Choices Almost Half of Texas Lacks Savings to Cover Job Loss, Medical Emergency http://kut.org/post/almost-half-texas-lacks-savings-cover-job-loss-medical-emergency <p>Another national report card is out, and Texas households are still struggling to beef up their savings.&nbsp;</p><p>Almost half of Texas households don’t have enough savings to pay for basic expenses for three months, which means most families aren’t prepared in the event of a job loss or health emergency.</p><p>According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s <a href="http://assetsandopportunity.org/scorecard/" target="_blank">2014 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard</a>, the state’s policies are also not helping residents achieve financial security.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132193855&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:26:29 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9679 at http://kut.org Almost Half of Texas Lacks Savings to Cover Job Loss, Medical Emergency Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents http://kut.org/post/long-dirty-word-gentrification-may-be-losing-its-stigma Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry's grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets northeast in Washington, D.C.<p>"The sun shines over here this time of day," says Foster, a retired cook. "It's always good when the sun shines."<p>Murry's has been an anchor in this neighborhood for decades — during the crack wars of the 1980s and the urban blight that followed, when most other businesses packed up and left. Foster has been somewhat of an anchor, too. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:56:20 +0000 Laura Sullivan 9612 at http://kut.org Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents Fifty Years After Start of War on Poverty, Texas Has Room for Improvement http://kut.org/post/fifty-years-after-start-war-poverty-texas-has-room-improvement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's <a href="http://kut.org/post/lbj-war-poverty-was-personal">call to Congress</a>, and the nation, to fight poverty.</span></p><p>Texas – President Johnson’s home state – often touts its growing economy. But the state has one of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:30:13 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9504 at http://kut.org Fifty Years After Start of War on Poverty, Texas Has Room for Improvement Income Inequality Is The 'Challenge Of Our Time,' Obama Says http://kut.org/post/income-inequality-challenge-our-time-obama-says President Obama tried Wednesday to turn the conversation back to the economy, calling the growing income gap the "defining challenge of our time."<p>"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-cites-pope-francis-views-on-inequality-in-economic-address">Obama said</a>. "How can it be, he wrote, that it's not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points. But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:09:21 +0000 9310 at http://kut.org Income Inequality Is The 'Challenge Of Our Time,' Obama Says Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance http://kut.org/post/majority-texas-fast-food-workers-public-assistance <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Fifty-nine percent of front-line fast-food workers in Texas rely on public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support their families, according to a report released on Tuesday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Nationally, more than half &ndash; 52 percent &ndash; of the families of front-line fast-food workers use at least one public assistance program, compared with a quarter of the total workforce, according to the report. The research was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban &amp; Regional Planning.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:09:41 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8941 at http://kut.org Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance Austin: Second Fastest Growing City for Suburban Poverty http://kut.org/post/austin-second-fastest-growing-city-suburban-poverty <p>Austin is growing – and so is the area’s low income population.</p><p>Over the last decade or so, the number of people living in poverty in Austin grew by 77 percent. But the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs grew by more than 140 percent. These numbers made Austin the second-largest percentage increase among big cities across the U.S.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:24:35 +0000 Laura Rice 7792 at http://kut.org Austin: Second Fastest Growing City for Suburban Poverty Half of All Texans Have No Savings http://kut.org/post/half-all-texans-have-no-savings <p>State leaders routinely hail the "Texas Miracle" that's created one of the strongest economies in the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Everyone mentions the growth and job opportunities across the Lone Star State, but a recent study by <a href="http://cfed.org/">the Corporation for Enterprise Development</a> shows that many Texans are striving on the edge of poverty. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:39:57 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Luke Quinton 6420 at http://kut.org Half of All Texans Have No Savings Texas Low-Income Children Lack Dental Care http://kut.org/post/texas-low-income-children-lack-dental-care <p>A new report grading states on dental health gives Texas low marks when it comes to providing low-income children with dental care. The report from the <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/state-fact-sheets/texas-falling-short-85899440495">Pew Center on the States</a> finds Texas has been slow to improve access to dental sealants – which can prevent cavities.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:40:55 +0000 Karen Bernstein 6113 at http://kut.org Texas Low-Income Children Lack Dental Care Three of Austin's Biggest Names Come Together for One Cause http://kut.org/post/three-austins-biggest-names-come-together-one-cause <p>An actor, a musician and UT’s head football coach are joining forces to help kids in need.</p><p>Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey are putting together an event they’re calling “Mack, Jack &amp; McConaughey" or "MJ&amp;M."</p><p>There's not a lot of information right now—<a href="http://mackjackmcconaughey.org/" target="_blank">even the event's website says</a> "additional details to be announced."</p><p>What we do know is that MJ&amp;M will be a two-day, celebrity-filled special event held in Austin in April to raise funds for various children’s charities. The only charity already listed by name as one that will be supported is McConaughey’s <a href="http://www.jklivinfoundation.org/" target="_blank">just keep livin Foundation</a>. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:30:17 +0000 Laura Rice 5726 at http://kut.org Three of Austin's Biggest Names Come Together for One Cause Percentage of Low-Income Austin Residents Up http://kut.org/post/percentage-low-income-austin-residents <p>The percentage of low-income residents in Austin is going up. That&rsquo;s according to the Community Action Network&rsquo;s third annual <a href="http://www.cancommunitydashboard.org/files/CANStrategicFramework2012.pdf">Community Dashboard report</a>, released this morning.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:54:01 +0000 Laura Rice & Wells Dunbar 4025 at http://kut.org Percentage of Low-Income Austin Residents Up Impoverished Texas Student Population Ticks Past 59 Percent http://kut.org/post/impoverished-texas-student-population-ticks-past-59-percent <p>While Gov. Perry tours the country arguing that Texas is an economic powerhouse, <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/acctres/Enroll_2010-11.pdf">new data </a>from the state&rsquo;s education agency shows 2.9 million public school students are economically disadvantaged. The number represents 59.1 percent of the student population in the 2010-11 school year. It&#39;s a slight uptick from 58.9 percent the previous year.</p><p>Ten years ago, 49.2 percent of students were counted as impoverished. The total number of economically disadvantaged students increased from 2 million in the 2000-01 school year to 2.9 million in the 2010-11 school year, an increase of 45 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Economically disadvantaged students include those whose parents&rsquo; income falls below the <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/11poverty.shtml">federal poverty line</a>. That&rsquo;s $22,350 for a family of four.</p><p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:08:16 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2755 at http://kut.org Impoverished Texas Student Population Ticks Past 59 Percent Record Number of Hispanic Children Living in Poverty http://kut.org/post/record-number-hispanic-children-living-poverty <p>Hispanic children now make up the largest group of children living in poverty in the U.S. The <a href="http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=147">Pew Hispanic Center</a> reports more than 6 million Hispanic children were classified as living in poverty last year. That&rsquo;s more than any other racial or ethnic group. The report said the recession of 2007-1009 hit Hispanic children especially hard. The Center&rsquo;s Mark Lopez said population growth and high birth rates are also factors.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:22:50 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2633 at http://kut.org Record Number of Hispanic Children Living in Poverty Texas Poverty Grows By 9 Percent In One Year http://kut.org/post/texas-poverty-grows-9-percent-one-year <p>Almost one in five Texans is living at or below the federal poverty line, according to <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/news_conferences/2011-09-13_ipnews_conf.html">fresh data</a> from the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase from 4.26 million <a href="http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032010/pov/new46_100125_01.htm">in 2009</a> to 4.63 million <a href="http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032011/pov/new46_100125_01.htm">in 2010</a> represents an increase of almost 9 percent.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/64858457?access_key=key-1j1kkmroakx6lzqpa5fc">federal poverty threshold</a> for a two parent family of two is $22,314 per year.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s a pretty meager existence for families to be able to make ends meet and provide all the basic things we need have a healthy, productive lifestyle,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.cppp.org/research.php?aid=1134">Center for Public Policy Priorities</a> senior researcher Frances Deviney told KUT News. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:02:59 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2502 at http://kut.org Texas Poverty Grows By 9 Percent In One Year