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.
At North Dallas High School, 94% of the students are economically disadvantaged and attend a school that, according to Children at Risk’s 2019 school ranking report, is ranked 82 out of 85 high schools in Dallas with an “F” rating. Persistent childhood poverty, residential instability/homelessness and educational poverty (attending institutions with learning disparities) are factors that all but guarantee academic struggles and generational poverty. Most of the students attending North Dallas High School and its feeder schools are facing these problems.