One Crisis Away

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.

KERA's series One Crisis Away is following four families on the financial edge.  (Meet these families and explore their stories in our KERA News Digital Storytelling Project.) The series includes radio stories, videos, blogging, conversations on Think and a public forum presented by KERA and Communities Foundation of Texas , which was held at Dallas City Performance Hall on Thursday, February 27, 2014. 

Moderated by KERA's Krys Boyd, the One Crisis Away event featured an in-depth discussion on asset poverty with three leading experts: Andrea Levere, president, Corporation for Enterprise Development; Alfreda Norman, vice president and community development officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Larry James, president & CEO, CitySquare.  Twitter discussion took place during the event using the hashtag #onecrisisaway.

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One Crisis Away is funded in part by the Communities Foundation of Texas, Allstate Foundation, the Dallas Women's Foundation, The Fort Worth Foundation, The Thomson Family Foundation, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

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Business/Economy
10:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

What It’s Like To Be Poor

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Members of America’s middle and upper classes have preconceived notions about what it means to be poor. This hour, as part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we found out what going without is really like.

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One Crisis Away
10:53 am
Thu January 15, 2015

How Poverty Can Affect A Child's Brain

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Research has shown that growing up in poverty can negatively affect the wiring – and even the physical dimensions – of a child’s brain. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, Think explored how interventions during the middle school years can reverse those changes. 

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One Crisis Away
9:23 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

After Husband Dies From Rare Disease, A Widow Is Left With Grief -- And Bills (Video)

Elizabeth Madrid and her 2-year-old moved in with her parents after husband Isac died in February.
Lara Solt KERA News Special Contributor

A third of North Texans are living without enough cushion to last more than a few months after a financial disruption. KERA’s series “One Crisis Away” put a face on asset poverty by chronicling four local families.

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One Crisis Away
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

This Is Your Brain On Poverty: How Financial Insecurity Affects Young Brains

Michelle Kinder is the executive director of The Momentous Institute.
Credit The Momentous Institute

Financial insecurity and poverty can take a toll, but it can also affect the brains of kids growing up in poverty. 

The Momentous Institute is trying to reverse that. Michelle Kinder is the executive director of the organization, which runs a school and two therapy programs in Dallas. 

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Business/Economy
2:02 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

One Crisis Away: At Age 73, Real Retirement Is Not An Option

Shirley Martin, age 73, still works as a Walmart greeter five days a week.
Dane Walters KERA News

KERA’s series One Crisis Away put a face on asset poverty by chronicling four North Texas families dealing with life on the financial edge. This holiday season, we’re catching up with some of those families, including 73-year-old Shirley Martin. 

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One Crisis Away
7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

One Crisis Away: Checking In With The Dorys

Schnique Dory teaches a GED class twice a week on top of a full time teaching job at Benbrook Middle School.
Dane Walters KERA News

Last year, KERA launched a series called One Crisis Away, looking at four North Texas families on the financial edge. Between now and the end of the year, we’ll catch up with the families. First up, the Dorys.

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One Crisis Away
6:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

New Alternative In Dallas To Payday Loans

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When faced with a financial emergency, some turn to payday or car title lenders. There’s about 175 of them in Dallas offering quick cash at great cost. The city and an Austin-based lender to small businesses have announced an alternative.

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One Crisis Away
3:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

One-Third Of Dallasites Are Asset-Poor, New Survey Shows

Here's a look at asset poverty rates across North Texas. The higher rates are shaded in dark green.
Corporation for Economic Development

A new nationwide study shows a continuing surge in “asset poverty” rates in North Texas -- despite the economic recovery. 

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Texas News
11:36 am
Thu March 27, 2014

In North Texas, You Need To Earn $17-$18 An Hour To Afford An Apartment

This is an apartment complex in Fort Worth -- workers need to earn more than $17 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment in North Texas, according to a new national study.
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A minimum-wage worker can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment in Texas – or anywhere else in the country.

That’s the conclusion of an annual study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Out of Reach 2014 analyzed wages and rental costs across the country.

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.

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One Crisis Away
10:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'One Crisis Away' KERA-TV Special Explores Four Families On The Financial Edge

Natalie Berquist is one of the families featured in KERA's One Crisis Away series.
Dane Walters KERA News

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. 

KERA's series One Crisis Away is following four North Texas families on the financial edge.

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.

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.

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