Poverty

Lending a hand where it’s needed most: Why one couple left Stone Oak for the East Side

Through their nonprofit SA Heals, Charles and Jennifer Foltz are trying to change lives in their drastically different, and distressed, neighborhood on the East Side.

Will an Obama-era policy move more low-income renters north?

Housing rule change proposed by former HUD Secretary Julián Castro aims to spread more Section 8 renters to better neighborhoods. Whether those neighborhoods accept them remains to be seen.

Fighting the urge to segregate San Antonio’s schools

In San Antonio and across the nation, the terms “good school” and “white school” are often synonymous. While traditional districts wrestle with the reality of parental appetite for homogeneous schools, one district aims to disrupt the segregation market.

Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed

The Vietnam War lifted these former gang members out of one of the West Side’s most notorious neighborhoods and gave them a new perspective on the world.

Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season

A West Side tradition provides shopping opportunities for families who can’t afford retail prices. For parents who participate, the joy of purchasing gifts for their children brings dignity during the holidays.

How Texas curtailed traditional welfare without ending poverty

Though poverty rates have remained consistent, Texas has significantly reduced the traditional welfare it provides to poor Texans through cash assistance over the last two decades.