LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT/COO
The story of poverty in Dallas is a tale of two cities. High levels of geographic segregation based on ethnicity, income, education, and wealth combine to accelerate the growth of poverty and income inequality.
More than ever, Dallas needs CitySquare. More than ever, CitySquare needs you. After you have looked through our 2018 Annual Report, please take a moment to donate.
In this report, you will find so many reasons to give, but it all comes down to one thing: helping our neighbors.
Nobody else does what CitySquare does for our city. Our work is bringing opportunity to parts of Dallas that have been neglected far too long. We are connecting neighbors to resources that address health, hunger, and housing. We are bringing hope to those in need of employment, legal services, and financial empowerment. CitySquare is the lifeline for hundreds of at-risk youth who need a caring community to guide them into adulthood. CitySquare is rebuilding neighborhoods, reclaiming hope, and restoring lives.
Our 2018 Annual Report provides a glimpse at how poverty divides Dallas into a tale of two cities, but the report does not stop there. It goes on to illustrate how our work is a bridge for neighbors: to opportunity, to hope, and most of all, to each other. You will see how we win the fight against poverty by building a community of volunteers, donors, partners, and friends united by a common mission. You will discover how our work is fueled by the resources of churches, corporations, foundations, and friends like you. Most importantly, you will see how the mission we share at CitySquare changes the lives of all who are a part of it.
Dallas needs CitySquare.
CitySquare needs you.
President & Chief Operating Officer
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The CitySquare Food Pantry primarily serves the working poor, allowing families to utilize income for areas such as rent, utilities, and healthcare.
This year, we distributed more than 2.4 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. As we celebrate the success of our work, we remain mindful that the problem of food insecurity in our community is growing more rapidly than any one organization can withstand.
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in 2018, CitySquare integrated health and housing program, improving both our neighbors' well-being and our capacity to serve more people in Dallas. Clinicians began providing onsite care to our permanent supportive housing communities across Dallas, including The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, CityWalk@Akard, and several Destination Home sites.
Poverty has a direct impact on the health of our community. CItySquare's health initiatives aim to improve access to care for our neighbors while also easing the burden a lack of access puts on our system.
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In 2018, CitySquare became the largest provider of affordable housing in North Texas. CitySquare fights for our homeless neighbors on both these fronts and more. The solutions we advocate include banning payer source discrimination and incentivizing mixed-use and mixed-income housing.
In addition to advocating on our neighbors' behalf, CitySquare is busy creating communities. This year, we acquired 25 additional housing units through the grand opening of the St. Jude Center in North Dallas, bringing the total number of housing units managed by our team to more than 700.
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CitySquare’s programs in Dallas are known—not just in our city, but across the nation—for being the most innovative and effective at fighting poverty.
As we enter our fourth decade of fighting poverty, CitySquare understands that to defeat the cycle of poverty, we must come together as a community to answer hope with opportunity. To that end, we’ve spent much of the past year expanding our youth services, our workforce training programs, and most importantly, our community partnerships.