United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Income: Providing Pathways out of Poverty

Natasha in her salon, where she’s built a steady clientele and has achieved her dream of being a business owner.

Our post-recession economy continues to improve, yet too many people in the Dallas region lack the resources to achieve financial self-sufficiency and stability:

  • 15% live in poverty – making $19,530 or less for a single parent family with two children
  • 127,000 people in Dallas live in poverty despite having a job
  • 68% have subprime credit scores
  • 39% are financially unstable and are one crisis away from falling into poverty

United Way is helping the Dallas region achieve its ten-year goal of moving 250,000 out of poverty permanently by equipping hardworking people with tools and training to increase their income and manage their money more effectively. Since 2011, we have invested over $9.7 million in the following strategy areas:

Job Skills Training

  • 6,000 people have improved job-critical skills through United Way-funded training courses like GED preparation, computer literacy, and industry-recognized certification programs.
  • Pathways to Work provides post-secondary skills training and credentials that lead to living wage jobs while meeting the hiring and retention needs of area employers       

Access to Jobs

  • 5,000 people have found jobs through United Way-funded work readiness courses, placement services, and small business programs.

Financial Capability

  • 7,000 people have completed financial education courses through United Way-supported nonprofits
  • Community Tax Centers helped 16,000 people obtain tax refunds to supplement income and savings
  • The Family Financial Center at Mountain View College helped over 700 students and families build financial security through smart budgets, better credit scores and matched savings.
  • Financial Fitness DFW reached over 5,500 consumers with financial education and resources through 55 community partners
  • Bank on Dallas brings together a network of financial institutions and nonprofits to better connect people to safe and affordable products and services and quality financial education programs

View our latest scorecard for more information on our progress and how you can get involved to improve lives and create lasting change in North Texas.  

Questions? contact financialstability@unitedwaydallas.org

Generous financial support for United Way’s Income initiative provided by:

Wells Fargo