Turning the Corner http://kut.org en Dove Springs: Turning the Corner in Southeast Austin http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-turning-corner-southeast-austin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Welcome to Dove Springs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving through the neighborhood, you may not realize you’re in the same city that’s home to Franklin Barbeque, Barton Springs or the Continental Club. Five miles down I-35 from the Texas Capitol lies a modest residential area in the city’s southeast corner, one of the last neighborhoods many Austin residents pass as they head to the airport.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s also one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods with a history of gangs and drugs, poverty, teen pregnancy and obesity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it's a neighborhood filled with hardworking parents, multi-generational families and cultural diversity. There’s always been a lot of pride, but recently, residents are giving the neighborhood a voice. They’re advocating for better services, organizing events and this fall, they’ll elect a city council member to specifically represent their district.</span></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://dovesprings.kut.org" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Click here to view our site profiling two Dove Springs families.&nbsp;</a></strong></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154130775&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:33:42 +0000 Kate McGee & Joy Diaz 10589 at http://kut.org Dove Springs: Turning the Corner in Southeast Austin This Teen's Looking Beyond Dove Springs – But Not Forgetting Where He Came From http://kut.org/post/teens-looking-beyond-dove-springs-not-forgetting-where-he-came <p>Mendez Middle School lies in the heart of Dove Springs. It’s the only middle school in the neighborhood – so if you grow up in the area, it’s more than likely you’ve walked these halls.</p><p>Students here deal with lots of challenges. For one, more students at Mendez have at least one parent in jail than any other school in the district. Nearly 95 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Most students are being raised by just one parent. Others are undocumented –&nbsp;or their parents are.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:50:24 +0000 Kate McGee 10587 at http://kut.org This Teen's Looking Beyond Dove Springs – But Not Forgetting Where He Came From For Dove Springs Principal, Data Are 'X-Rays' to Diagnose Ailing School http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-principal-data-are-x-rays-diagnose-ailing-school <p><em>This article is part of KUT's yearlong series <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Turning the Corner</a>, taking 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><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Listen to those stories here</a>.</em></p><p>Ron Gonzales loves numbers. It makes sense: he used to be a math teacher before he became a principal. His love of hard data is obvious when you enter Mendez Middle School, where he has been the principal for the past four years.&nbsp; One of the first things you see is a bulletin board with each grade’s daily attendance rate. Next to it, he posts how much money the school lost due to absences that day.</p><p>“For example, yesterday we had 23 sixth graders and we also know lose $45 per scholar per day, so we lost $1,035 just for grade six," Gonzales says, pointing to the bulletin board.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151912960&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Kate McGee 10514 at http://kut.org For Dove Springs Principal, Data Are 'X-Rays' to Diagnose Ailing School Gentrification or a Renaissance in Austin's Dove Springs Neighborhood? http://kut.org/post/gentrification-or-renaissance-austins-dove-springs-neighborhood <p><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Dove Springs in Southeast Austin</a>&nbsp;is just six miles from downtown – what many real estate agents consider a prime location. But the area is also one of the poorest parts of Austin. And for decades, it's had a&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/men-parole-search-fresh-start-austins-dove-springs">less than desirable reputation</a>.</p><p>Despite all that, <a href="http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-residents-hope-new-city-council-elections-give-neighborhood-voice">change is coming to Dove Springs</a> –&nbsp;with some believing they're witnessing the beginning of gentrification.</p><p>The area has traditionally been filled with low-income renters, many who are recent immigrants and don't speak English. Data may still point to those facts. But on the ground, the neighborhood is going through what many believe is a fast transformation.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149832486&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:55:18 +0000 Joy Diaz 10435 at http://kut.org Gentrification or a Renaissance in Austin's Dove Springs Neighborhood? How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero http://kut.org/post/how-teen-pregnancies-mendez-middle-school-were-cut-down-zero <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This article is part of KUT's yearlong series <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>, taking 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="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the 2012-2013 school year, the Austin school district reported 303 student pregnancies districtwide.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">22 of those pregnancies were middle school students.</span></p><p>Despite its location in the neighborhood with the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Travis County, n<span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of them were at Mendez Middle School.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So what happened?&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148590964&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:59:07 +0000 Kate McGee 10382 at http://kut.org How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero '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 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 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 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 This Austin Cop Builds Bonds in Dove Springs - One Soccer Game at a Time http://kut.org/post/austin-cop-builds-bonds-dove-springs-one-soccer-game-time <p>In Southeast Austin’s <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d7032!2d-97.7454388!3d30.1900881">Dove Springs</a> neighborhood, crime is a constant.</p><p>Ever since an uptick in crime in the 1990s, police have maintained a visible presence in the neighborhood – and residents of Dove Springs haven’t always had a favorable view of the Austin Police Department.</p><p>There was a time when the department’s relationship with Dove Springs was especially strained. During the summer of 2005, APD Officer Julie Schroeder shot and killed 18 year-old Dove Springs native Daniel Rocha.</p><p>A re-enactment video created by the department in investigating Rocha’s death is set on Pleasant Valley Road – one of Dove Springs’ main thoroughfares.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123544352&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:04:17 +0000 Joy Diaz 9323 at http://kut.org This Austin Cop Builds Bonds in Dove Springs - One Soccer Game at a Time Thanksgiving in Dove Springs: How Families Are Celebrating After the Floods http://kut.org/post/thanksgiving-dove-springs-how-families-are-celebrating-after-floods <p>As people are gearing up for Thanksgiving, many families impacted by last month’s flooding are still trying to put their lives back together.The floods severely damaged more than 600 homes and many of those people still don’t have a permanent place to stay.</p><p>But residents came together Sunday night to provide some flood victims with a Thanksgiving dinner and a place to escape the cold temperatures, if only for a few hours.</p><p>The event was organized by Dove Springs resident Robert Kibbie and Pastor Richard Villarreal with The Springs Community Church. Overall, 120 meals were served. Volunteers also delivered 60 meals to people who were not able to attend the actual event.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121825314" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:49:32 +0000 Kate McGee 9260 at http://kut.org Thanksgiving in Dove Springs: How Families Are Celebrating After the Floods LISTEN: How One Austin Family is Rebuilding After the Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/listen-how-one-austin-family-rebuilding-after-halloween-floods <p><em>This year, KUT News is chronicling the challenges and changes affecting Austin’s Dove Springs neighborhood in a series called “<strong><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Turning the Corner</a></strong>.”</em></p><p><em>These stories have taken on added urgency in the aftermath of Austin’s Halloween floods, where flooding directly affected many Dove Springs residents.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Bene Jacobs’ morning routine hasn’t changed that much. She still gets up before 6 a.m., before it’s light outside.</p><p>In the darkness, at her cousin’s house in Del Valle, Bene struggles to find her way into the room where her children sleep.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Still learning all the light switches,” she whispers.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F121221777&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:04:12 +0000 Joy Diaz 9235 at http://kut.org LISTEN: How One Austin Family is Rebuilding After the Halloween Floods With Help From a Church, Bluff Springs Reboots its Reading Program http://kut.org/post/help-church-bluff-springs-reboots-its-reading-program <p>For the first time in five years, southeast Austin’s Langford Elementary School has a free book program.</p><p>Langford, where 65 percent of the students are learning English as a second language, is able to relaunch its <a href="http://www.rif.org/">Reading is Fundamental</a> program with help from a neighborhood church.</p><p>Richard Villarreal is the lead pastor at Springs Community Church. He approached Langford principal Dounna Poth last spring and asked how his church could help the school.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:04:48 +0000 Roy Varney 9211 at http://kut.org With Help From a Church, Bluff Springs Reboots its Reading Program What Blockbuster Video Can Tell Us About Austin’s Digital Divide http://kut.org/post/what-blockbuster-video-can-tell-us-about-austin-s-digital-divide <p><strong>Update</strong>: This week, Blockbuster Video <a href="http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/blockbuster-end-domestic-retail-dvd-171200033.html">announced it is closing</a> its 300 remaining retail stores. It’s a bitter end for the rental chain, founded in Dallas, which <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_LLC">once had 9,000 stores</a>.</p><p>Austin’s <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=Dove+Springs+Austin%2C+Texas&amp;data=!1m4!1m3!1d16687!2d-97.7385428!3d30.1862331!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x8644b39e520101db%3A0xa412a360a8a4e215!3m8!1m3!1d16687!2d-97.7319288!3d30.1848818!3m2!1i1676!2i929!4f13.1!4m2!3d30.1874248!4d-97.7395835">Dove Springs</a> neighborhood contains two of the city’s three final Blockbuster stores. And unlike the company as a whole, those stores are thriving.</p><p>In the story below, KUT examines how forces behind the chain’s closure – the Internet and the rise of streaming video – are the same forces that have kept Dove Spring’s Blockbuster stores open for years.</p><p><strong>Original story </strong>(Oct. 4): When was the last time you rented something from a Blockbuster Video?</p><p>Austin City Council member Laura Morrison’s recollection probably speaks for most of us. “My memory doesn’t go that far these days,” she says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113826911" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:13:46 +0000 Joy Diaz 8862 at http://kut.org What Blockbuster Video Can Tell Us About Austin’s Digital Divide Nearly 200 Austin Students Are Homeless Because of Onion Creek Flooding http://kut.org/post/nearly-200-austin-students-are-homeless-because-onion-creek-flooding <p>The floods last Thursday in Onion Creek and Dove Springs damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes, displacing families&nbsp;–&nbsp;many of them with children.&nbsp;</p><p>Bene Jacobs, her partner Lawrence, and their three children are one such family. They were rescued from the roof of her neighbor's home.</p><p>“My five year old was holding my 16 month old on top of the roof," she says.</p><p>While her family is okay, her home has been condemned.</p><p>“All of the walls are buckled and the tree fell on top of the roof so they said it’s no longer safe to enter the premise, so it’s fenced off," she says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119061519" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9139 at http://kut.org Nearly 200 Austin Students Are Homeless Because of Onion Creek Flooding Lack of Bilingual Communication Hampered Relief Efforts After Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/lack-bilingual-communication-hampered-relief-efforts-after-halloween-floods <p>Residents and teachers at Perez Elementary say little information was distributed to residents immediately after flooding in Austin's Onion Creek and Dove Springs neighborhoods last week, leaving some residents confused and unsure where to turn — especially those who don't speak English.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When&nbsp;</span>Pompilio<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Perez left his home in Dove Springs to go to work at 5 a.m. last Thursday morning. It was raining, but there was no sign of flooding. Thirty minutes later he couldn’t even drive down his own street where his wife, Ana, and his three children were at home. Ana Perez and her kids were rescued from their roof and, by Saturday, they had returned. At that point, she says, they hadn’t received any help.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:24:15 +0000 Kate McGee 9092 at http://kut.org Lack of Bilingual Communication Hampered Relief Efforts After Halloween Floods