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Generational Poverty Plagues San Antonio. How Are Different Groups Tackling The Issue?

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About 20% of San Antonio households fall below the poverty line, according to recent census data. What can be done to break the cycle of generational poverty?

Recent census data revealed that San Antonio has the highest poverty rate of the country's top 25 large metros. What is the median household income in Bexar County and how does it compare to other Texas cities? What are the root causes for San Antonio’s expanding economic divide? 

Texas ranks second in the nation with households experiencing food insecurity -- a symptom of generational poverty. Around 35% of the San Antonio Food Bank’s recipients are under age 18. Other symptoms of generational poverty include housing insecurity and a lack of higher education attainment.

How are local organizations addressing the issue in different ways? How could these various approaches help solve problems related to poverty and economic inequality? What else can be done?

 

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*This interview wsa recorded on Thursday, October 17.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.