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The Problem

The community where we Work

Bridging For Tomorrow serves all areas of the 77086 and 77066 zip codes, and specific neighborhoods in 77088 and 77038.

An average of 25% of the residents in these zip codes are living below the poverty level, and a quarter of these individuals are children under the age of 18. Basic Needs Budget shows that is takes an income of about 1.5 to 3.5 times the official poverty level to cover the cost of a family's minimum day-to-day needs. These families (average of 4 people) 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. These families' inability to save money/invest in their future keeps them in survival mode, which challenges their ability to think long-term or to prepare for the future. They have no resources to pay off debt or to have a financial cushion to withstand a crisis.

According to the 2014 census, an average of 7% of the population in our area (over the age of 16) is unemployed, which is 0.2% higher than all of Texas.

Approximately 18% of the population over 25 years old has attained less than a 9th grade education level. A student's family background and home experience exert a powerful influence over educational outcomes, including dropping out of school. One of the most consistent family background factors found to impact dropout has been socioeconomic status, whether measured through parental education, income, or occupational level.

About 60% of our area speaks a language other than English at home. Youth in non-English-speaking homes have been found to be more likely to drop out of high school.

On average, 20% of the households in our area are run by a single male or female. While single parents are both the primary providers for and caretakers of the family, two-parent households have more potential to balance the demands of work and family. Young women who drop out of high school are nine times more likely to be, or become, young single mothers. Many of these single parents, concerned about their children's after-school care, will miss an average of 8 days of work per year. This decreased worker productivity costs businesses up to $300 billion annually.

Nationally, over 80% of the incarcerated population is high school dropouts, making this an issue that truly impacts every member of the community.

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. If you average our specific area, 30% of the people in our community do not have health insurance. The primary reasons for this? 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. Because of this, they have less access to community-based health resources and 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

United States Census Bureau. Fact Finder.