Reduce Poverty Rate
When you think about complex problems in communities, the crux of many issues is poverty. According to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, poverty is defined as an individual making $11,880 and a family of four making $24,300 in 2016. Poverty, as a social issue, affects everyone. The repercussions and drivers of poverty extend into quality of life, education, health, and opportunities in ways that ultimately touch every facet of our community. In 2015, for the first time since 2010, the poverty rate in San Antonio fell slightly. Still, some studies show that San Antonio is the most economically segregated city in the nation. Poverty can be multi-generational with ties to economic competitiveness, education, health, and community safety, among other cause areas. The problem with attempting to reduce poverty is that it can be among the slowest indicators to demonstrate movement. Measuring the poverty rate will tell us little from one year to the next, but must be studied over the course of many years. However, if we see gains across-the-board in factors like high school graduation rates, unemployment, access to healthcare, and teen births, then we can expect the eventual shift we hope for in terms of reducing poverty. We are seeing gains in some of these areas, but need to apply pressure in those that are not moving, or not moving quickly enough, to impact poverty. The poverty rate decreased in 2015 to 17.8%. See a comprehensive look at poverty in our community by the San Antonio Express-News.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 family well-being partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Be a community mentor to children and youth.
- Donate food and other resources to help families in need.
- Teach children sound money management practices.
- Teach, encourage, and live an attitude of caring about and loving others in school, in the workplace, and in all public and social settings.
- Find resources and important milestones for children ages 0-8 at ReadyKidSA.com.
Updated December 2016