24 Percent Of Texas Children Living In Poverty

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Prosperity in Texas may be the fuel for Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, but as it turns out, when it comes to children, there are few states where more kids are living in poverty.

According to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 24 percent of kids in Texas are living in poverty. The national average is 20 percent, making Texas one of the worst states for childhood poverty.

In the Dallas Independent School District, the numbers are even more staggering – 80 percent of students living in poverty.

Simone Hogan of Dallas knows the pain of poverty. She spent much of her mid-20s trying to escape. “Not having your own place to stay. Not having furniture,” the single mom said of her time below the poverty line. “Not having simple things that you didn’t think of, that you need.”

But things changed, and the 29-year-old is now close to a business degree while working in the finance department of Dallas Summer Musicals. “Everything that I do right now is because I focus on – she deserves better. She deserves a better life,” Hogan said, talking about her daughter.

“It’s a critical issue,” explained Jennifer Sampson, CEO of the United Way in Dallas, who was not surprised by the report’s findings. Her nonprofit’s United 2020 program has set a goal of lifting 250,000 North Texans out of poverty. “We’re focused on programs that help break costly, destructive cycles in education, income and health. In the income area, the focus is breaking the costly, destructive cycle of poverty.”

Hogan was not surprised by the report’s findings either. The poison apple of poverty has been around forever and, thanks to the current economy, more and more people are now taking a bite. “People have struggled since the start of time,” Hogan said. “But right now, I feel like more people are feeling the effects, and they’re realizing that everything is not promised. A job is not promised. Finances are not promised.”


One Comment

  1. C Bauer says:

    Lower than national average ACT test scores, 24% of kids in Texas living in poverty…

    Are you guys at CBS11 working for the Rick Perry campaign? 😉

  2. Really Tired says:

    Let’s see if Rick Perry takes credit for this!!! He has taken credit for everything good. Now the nation can see what has really happened. They also need to take a look at where Texas stands in the educational system and its population’s standing in uninsured children while they are at it.

  3. Juju says:

    And yet, we send gazillions of dollars overseas! Amazing.

  4. kcarr says:

    You cant blame the govener. The economy is bad and many people have families and dont bother getting higher education before doing so. They just continue to have babies and work for minimum wage. What do you expect. Also have to think about all of the single moms going about it the wrong way. In a perfect world it would be school, college, marriage , and children. It works better that way.

    1. kcarr says:

      sorry govenor.. no sleep.. toddler .. baby

    2. cj says:

      Maybe it does work better that way, but your point-of-view is simplistic. I am a single mom with 3 college degrees and 2 children.We can barely make it because I chose to be a teacher (teacherso, by the way get NO SUPPORT from Governor Good-Hair) and have to live on a teacher’s salary. I had the same vision as the one you described and went through that cycle. Llife, however, doesn’t always work out the way we plan. Tricky Ricky spins the truth to make himself look good. You’re an educated person, apparently. Open your eyes. Better yet, open your heart. I work with these kids every day, and their families are doing the best they can with the resources they have.

      1. lowtolerance says:

        Thank you, cj. The only bright side I ever see to this sad state of economic affairs is that a lot more kcarr’s are going to get their own dose of reality before it’s over. I’m in manufacturing, but I didn’t run overseas with the rest of the traitors, so yeah, it’s tough and has nothing whatsoever to do with my education, life plan, and dedication to my career – all of which were in order just fine.

      2. tonya tomplait says:

        I agree. He won,t get my vote.

    3. tonya tomplait says:

      He isn’t making it better by cutting education and programs for the poor. There is alot that can be done. If Texas is at the bottom , that mean there are that many more states that are better. Hecould do better.

  5. Leslie Parks says:

    Maybe it has something to do with all the illegals coming over our border!

  6. FedUpTxn says:

    Is this a REAL number, or does it include those who lie to get free services and the hordes of invading illegals?

  7. Elmer says:

    What would the percentage be if you sent Obama’s illegals home?

  8. Elmer says:

    Where is the link to the report? When was it dated?

  9. Hemroidious says:

    Annie E. Casey Foundation ?, 80% of kids, (not children) in poverty? 24% Rediculus! I’m sure if this were true we would have heard about it long before Mr. Perry threw his hat into the ring. This sounds to much like a Liberal Hatchet Job coming from way out in left field. Nice try.

    1. tonya tomplait says:

      I am sure the numbers are based on the recent Census. I think you have been keeping yur head in the sand.

  10. Impeach Obama says:

    Don’t despair, the obama’s administration plans to give the US more jobs…as in call centers….now there’s jobs that have a bright future for all the new collage grads!

  11. No More Perry says:

    This isnt new news just b/c “tricky ricky” is running for pres….read a scholarly journal…its been studied & proven for yrs. Kids in Texas do not fair as well as the rest of the country. He is no good for Texas & no good for our country.

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