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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Friday Conversation
11:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

What It's Like To Take A Walk In A Neighborhood That's One Crisis Away

Jubilee Park's Congo Street is a mixture of renovated houses and homes in serious need of repair
Lara Solt KERA Special Contributor

For the last month, the KERA series One Crisis Away: Inside a Neighborhood has illuminated the lives of folks on the financial edge in Jubilee Park.

As KERA’s Courtney Collins reported, Jubilee has seen change for the good, but there are still plenty of problems in the East Dallas neighborhood: it’s tough to find fresh food, bank accounts and decent-paying jobs.

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One Crisis Away
5:08 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Inside A Neighborhood Where A Single Mom Lives On $10 An Hour

Tricia Oliver is a single mother with a 5-year-old son. She makes $10 an hour and every dime of that is budgeted.
Courtney Collins KERA News

There’s a big difference between having a job, and having a job that pays enough to live on. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Two years ago, 400,000 Texas workers were paid that -- or less.

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One Crisis Away
5:57 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Inside Dallas' Jubilee Park Neighborhood, Fresh Food Is Hard To Find

There are half a dozen corner stores near Jubilee Park but you have to cross under I-30 to find the closest grocery store.
Lara Solt KERA News Special Contributor

For some North Texans, the most challenging chore of the week is buying groceries.

As part of our series, One Crisis Away, Inside a Neighborhood, KERA explores why a lot of people in Jubilee Park drive for miles to get their groceries. Or pay the price at the corner store.

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One Crisis Away
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Learn About Dallas' Jubilee Park In New KERA Series

Ben Leal is CEO of Jubilee Park Community Center.
Thorne Anderson

Going to school, finding a good job, opening a savings account, buying a home -- they're all parts of the American dream. But they might just be dreams for many in North Texas, where one in three can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days.

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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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