One Crisis Away http://keranews.org en In North Texas, You Need To Earn $17-$18 An Hour To Afford An Apartment http://keranews.org/post/north-texas-you-need-earn-17-18-hour-afford-apartment <p>A minimum-wage worker can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment in Texas – or anywhere else in the country.</p><p>That’s the conclusion of an annual study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. <a href="http://nlihc.org/oor/2014">Out of Reach 2014</a> analyzed wages and rental costs across the country.</p><p>In Texas, a minimum-wage worker would have to work 93 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom rental. The minimum wage is $7.25 in Texas – or $15,080 a year for a 40-hour workweek.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:36:43 +0000 Eric Aasen 47106 at http://keranews.org In North Texas, You Need To Earn $17-$18 An Hour To Afford An Apartment 'One Crisis Away' KERA-TV Special Explores Four Families On The Financial Edge http://keranews.org/post/one-crisis-away-kera-tv-special-explores-four-families-financial-edge <p>One in three North Texans can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days. The problem's known as asset poverty, and it doesn't discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble is enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">KERA's series <em>One Crisis Away</em>&nbsp;</a>is following four North Texas families on the financial edge.</p><p>On March 27, a one-hour special will air on KERA-TV, Channel 13, that features these families and explores asset poverty. The special will air again on Channel 13 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 30 and 11 p.m. April 8.</p><p>The special was taped in front of a live audience at the Dallas City Performance Hall. We livestreamed the event -- we've posted the video below.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:06:52 +0000 Eric Aasen & Lauren Silverman 45858 at http://keranews.org 'One Crisis Away' KERA-TV Special Explores Four Families On The Financial Edge One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help http://keranews.org/post/one-crisis-away-where-find-help <p>There are a lot of non-profit organizations in Texas devoted to financial assistance and low income programs designed to give people a leg up. As KERA continues to explore life on the financial edge through our new series One Crisis Away, we’ll compile a list of places where people can go to find help.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:58:51 +0000 Courtney Collins 41243 at http://keranews.org One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help Meet The Man Trying To Battle Poverty In Dallas http://keranews.org/post/meet-man-trying-battle-poverty-dallas <p>Earlier this month, Dallas Mayor&nbsp;<a href="http://dallascityhall.com/government/mayor/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mike Rawlings</a>&nbsp;announced the formation of a task force to fight poverty in the city. As part of&nbsp;<a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away" target="_blank">KERA’s One Crisis Away</a>&nbsp;initiative, <a href="http://www.kera.org/think/"><em>Think</em></a> host Krys Boyd talked about how Dallas will take on the challenge with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citysquare.org/about/executive-management/larry-james/" target="_blank">Larry James</a>, the man the mayor chose to lead the task force.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:10:14 +0000 Jeff Whittington 45750 at http://keranews.org Meet The Man Trying To Battle Poverty In Dallas Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away' http://keranews.org/post/family-friends-remember-isac-madrid-rockwall-man-featured-one-crisis-away <p>Isac Madrid, the 25 year-old Rockwall man featured in KERA’s series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a>, was laid to rest Monday. Over the past few months, he shared his family’s story about the challenges of facing both a health and financial crisis.</p><p>Leaving behind a devoted wife, young son and large extended family, Monday’s service was filled with people who loved Isac.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:31:33 +0000 Courtney Collins 45706 at http://keranews.org Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away' Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away' http://keranews.org/post/startling-stats-and-three-ways-dig-out-being-one-crisis-away <p>The numbers are staggering: One of every six Texans lives below the poverty line. One in three has no savings account. Two of every three have a sub-prime credit rating. Those numbers, and the real-life people they represent, are what propels Woody Widrow.</p><p>Widrow is executive&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">director of <a href="https://raisetexas.org/">Raise Texas</a>, a nonprofit network of organizations focused on helping people build financial stability. As part of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the </span>KERA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;series </span><a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away" style="line-height: 1.5;">One Crisis Away</a>, he sat down for a Friday Conversation.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Holter 45529 at http://keranews.org Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away' 'I Don't Have Any Security:' Meet Four North Texas Families On The Financial Edge http://keranews.org/post/i-dont-have-any-security-meet-four-north-texas-families-financial-edge <p>One in three North Texans can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days. The problem's known as asset poverty, and it doesn't discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble is enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">KERA's series <em>One Crisis Away</em>&nbsp;</a>is following four North Texas families on the financial edge. A health crisis sent the <a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">Madrid family of Rockwall</a> into a financial crisis. Shirley Martin of DeSoto is a <a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">retiree who's struggling</a> to make ends meet. Natalie Berquist of Lewisville is a single mom who <a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">faced homelessness after losing a job.</a> And despite being frugal, the Dory family of White Settlement <a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">struggles with credit card debt. </a></p><p>Meet these families and explore their stories in our <a href="http://projects.kera.org/story/7879">KERA News Digital Storytelling Project.</a></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Eric Aasen 44815 at http://keranews.org 'I Don't Have Any Security:' Meet Four North Texas Families On The Financial Edge These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later http://keranews.org/post/these-kids-learn-financial-ropes-now-so-they-don-t-fall-later <p>The importance of a steady job and careful budgeting is something a lot of people discover as adults. And that discovery is often made after financial disaster strikes.</p><p>That’s not the tune playing in the Dory household. KERA's series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a> spotlights the one in three North Texans who don’t have enough money in the bank to survive 90 days after a financial disruption.</p><p>J.C. and Schnique Dory are raising her two kids to respect money now so they don’t get into trouble later. The message seems to be sticking.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:31:35 +0000 Courtney Collins 45426 at http://keranews.org These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later VIDEO: Two Kids Sound Off About Making Good Financial Choices http://keranews.org/post/video-two-kids-sound-about-making-good-financial-choices <p>KERA's series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a> looks at four families on the financial edge. In this profile, Schnique Dory's two children, Jaelyn and Schnthia, share their perspective on saving, spending and seeking employment. The kids, 13 and 11, live with Schnique and her husband, J.C., in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement. <a href="http://keranews.org/post/these-kids-learn-financial-ropes-now-so-they-don-t-fall-later">Read their story here.</a></p><p>http://youtu.be/zjS7eGf8hIM</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Courtney Collins 45444 at http://keranews.org Rockwall Man Featured in 'One Crisis Away' Loses His Battle With Rare Disease http://keranews.org/post/rockwall-man-featured-one-crisis-away-loses-his-battle-rare-disease <p>Twenty-five year old Isac Madrid, the Rockwall man featured in KERA's series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a>, died Thursday. He was 25.</p><p>He suffered from a rare disease that caused toxins to build up in his blood and attack his liver. Isac died from complications related to his second bone marrow transplant.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:40:06 +0000 Courtney Collins 45307 at http://keranews.org Rockwall Man Featured in 'One Crisis Away' Loses His Battle With Rare Disease