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In a state with the 6th highest rate of children living in poverty, Dallas County has the highest rate in the state with 29% of its youth living below the poverty line and many of them are experiencing persistent childhood poverty in which they will live under the poverty line for at least half of their childhood. As rent and housing prices continue to rise in Dallas, it is becoming ever more difficult for the 79% of the 84,039 extremely low-income households that pay more than half of their income to housing.
Living situations vary from motels, shelters, doubling and tripling up, to Section 8 and HUD housing, but for all of these families housing insecurity is cause for much stress and concern. Many of these families are one paycheck, sickness, or accident away from being on the street and often times fall through the cracks due to a lack of being identified. Incarnation House offers a safe place for the youth of these families to come after school, build relationships with caring adults and peers, and have access to services they otherwise would not, in hopes of providing a pathway out of poverty.