Dallas County has the highest youth poverty rate in the state with 1 out of 5 children living below the poverty line. Living situations for these families range from motels, shelters, cars, doubling and tripling up, to Section 8 and HUD housing. Most of these families are one paycheck, sickness, or accident away from living on the street and often times fall through the cracks due to a lack of being identified. According to Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, homeless families are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population comprising nearly 40% of the total homeless.
Of the Dallas high school students who take college entrance exams, only 10% score in the “college-ready” range and 87% of students in DISD are considered economically disadvantaged. Persistent childhood poverty and residential instability/homelessness may contribute to difficulties in academic success. Therefore, Incarnation House strives to provide an essential wrap-around program that fills the gaps and help students overcome obstacles, achieve their goals, and reach their full potential.