POVERTY

DALLAS HAS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING POVERTY RATES IN THE COUNTRY.

Dallas has one of the highest and fastest growing poverty rates in the country. To be proactive, experts have identified a 3-pronged approach they believe gives people the best chance of becoming financially stable. The even better news is that the Church can play a huge role in the solution.

 

Best practice poverty interventions are moving towards a model that includes financial coaching which has been shown to encourage positive behaviors of clients in terms of use of mainstream banking, consistent saving, reduction in debt, and improved credit scores, in addition to a reduction of stress and increased confidence in financial future.

LEARN

PRAY

Access Prayer Guides on Poverty and other needs.

SERVE

Look for volunteer opportunities on Voly.org and Vomo.org to build capacity of organizations that are:

  • Making higher education and living wage jobs accessible to the hard-to-employ.

  • Providing financial education appropriate to low-income people.

  • Providing wrap-around services to keep people stable as they work to get out of poverty.

  • Connecting people with "allies" or "coaches" who can walk alongside them as they come out of poverty.

UNITE

Predatory Lending Awareness & Alternatives: Payday/auto title lenders charge 500%+ in fees putting families in peril, and draining churches and nonprofits. The Church has been a huge part of passing ordinances that protect our communities. Visit www.stopthedebttrap.org to learn more.