Report: High number of Texans living in poverty

FILE - People who are homeless in Austin (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - People who are homeless in Austin (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Judges and state lawmakers are meeting on Wednesday in Austin to talk about poverty in Texas as a part of the Dare Texas Summit.

A report was recently released showing a high number of Texans who are living in poverty. The report called Race and Equity broke down the issues many families in Travis County are facing.

Hunger is a big concern. More than 61,000 children don’t have access to a healthy diet, causing problems at school.

The report also found women, along with children lack health coverage. An estimate shows that nearly one out of every four Travis County women, more than 279,000, do not have health insurance.

The report found that 29 percent of children living in Austin are in high-poverty neighborhoods. The neighborhoods with the most poverty are in east Austin.

In Travis County, students who are Hispanic or Black are more likely to enroll in high-poverty school districts, according to the report. These students end up missing out on resources and academic opportunities.

People behind this report say you can play a big role in turning this trend around.

“We have a new officer in Austin, we are developing a workforce plan, and we as communities can come forward and talk to representatives, staff and say ‘This is what we are saying, we have a voice and I want to have an influence.’ The report by itself can’t do anything,” said Frances Deviney with the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

The summit will also look into how to keep Texans healthy.

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