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The Need

OUR COMMUNITY

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Bridging For Tomorrow serves all areas of the 77086 and 77066 zip codes, and specific neighborhoods in 77088 and 77038. Our area of focus is bounded to the north by FM 1960, to the east by Veterans Memorial Drive, to the west by North Houston Rosslyn Road, and to the south by West Mount Houston Road. This community has a very diverse population with many low-income families. 

Our office is located in the heart of the community that we serve. We partner with many of the schools and organizations in the area and work closely with community members to establish programs that support the overall well-being of individuals and families.

INCOME:
An average of 25% of the residents in our area are living below the poverty level, and a quarter of these individuals are children under the age of 18. These families (an average of 4 people/family) live off of $25,000 a year or less. According to the USDA, it costs almost $9,000 to feed a family of four on the low-cost plan. This means that these families have roughly $16,000 to pay for other necessary items like rent, utilities, cars, health insurance, clothing, etc. Their inability to save money and invest in their future keeps them in survival mode, which limits their ability to think long-term or to prepare for the future. They have no resources to pay off debt or have a financial cushion to withstand a crisis.

EDUCATION:
Approximately 18% of the population over 25 years old has attained less than a 9th grade education. A student's family background and experience at home play a powerful role in that student's ability to succeed in school. One of the biggest factors found to increase the likelihood that a student will drop out of school is socioeconomic status. Without at least a high school degree, these students are far less likely to find stable employment or advance in their careers.

ORIGIN & LANGUAGE:
About 60% of our area speaks a language other than English at home. This language barrier makes it difficult for parents to help children with homework and navigate the school system. Youth in non-English-speaking homes have been found to be more likely to drop out of high school.

HOUSEHOLD UNIT:
On average, 20% of the households in our area are run by a single male or female. Single parents/guardians must serve as both the primary provider for and caretaker of the family. Many do not have access to reliable child care and will miss an average of 8 days of work per year. This decreased worker productivity not only makes it more difficult for single parents/guardians to find and keep a good job, but costs businesses up to $300 billion annually.

HEALTH:
In general, people in lower socioeconomic levels have at least twice the risk of serious illness and premature death than those in higher socioeconomic levels. Among all ages, Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured persons in the nation. 30% of the people in our community do not have health insurance. Why not? They either can't afford it, are ineligible because of their working status (such as job loss) or they are ineligible because of citizenship/immigrant status. Uninsured individuals and families have less access to community-based health resources and often seek treatment at emergency rooms.

The cycle of poverty, lack of education, and risk factors repeat all over if there is no intervention for the families who fall in these categories. Our community is particularly at risk with percentages higher than 15% in most of the poverty indicators.

Bridging For Tomorrow addresses these needs through our programs by building relationships. We believe that investing in families will enable us to positively contribute to the development of stronger foundations that will change tendencies in behaviors within families dynamics. As a result, native leaders will rise up & lead themselves and others to engage in different patterns that will ultimately result in a transformed community.
— Maria Belusar, Executive Director

Source:
United States Census Bureau. Fact Finder.
http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF