Why West Dallas?
Working hard to break free from the legacy of poverty and neglect, West Dallas has come a long way, but still has a long way to go and we need YOUR help.
Learn From the Past
(1900 – 1979) Once called “The Devil’s Front Door” and home to the Bonnie and Clyde gang, West Dallas was an industrial area ridden with crime, poverty, and racial segregation. The Trinity River levee nearly separated the area from Dallas entirely, and furthering the oppression and blight of its residents was the introduction of lead smelters as the area’s predominant industry. Air and soil became highly contaminated, making it not only unsafe for children to play outside, but causing illnesses and even deaths. West Dallas was annexed into Dallas in 1954 and with that, 3,500 units of low-income housing (known as the “Monument to
Poverty”) was built, making it the largest low-income housing projects in the nation.
Work hard in the Present
(1980 – Present) Residents began to step up and pursue change. To fill the gaps in services, job opportunities, and support, churches and nonprofits helped carry the baton. As a result of this collective effort, the housing projects were demolished, 300 safe and affordable houses and 300 senior housing units were built, and the contamination issues caused by the lead were resolved. High school dropout rates have declined by 27% and the # of high school graduates has increased by 33%, outperforming all adjacent areas. Collaboration has become the norm for the transformational efforts in West Dallas, with nonprofits, residents, churches, businesses, and government coming together to create collective impact. West Dallas is quickly becoming known as a model for urban revitalization.
To Transform the Future…
(2015 – Future) The future of West Dallas is bright. Our vision is to see a spiritual, economic, social, and physical transformation of 75212, and although we’ve come a long way, the journey is not over and we need YOUR help. We hope and pray you will join us in this exciting journey, linking arms with our Ministry Partners, helping them be successful in their missions. With such a wide variety of both one-time and on-going needs, everyone has a unique skill, passion, or gifting that can be utilized to help transform this community.
West Dallas Demographics
About West Dallas (WD)
West Dallas, 75212 — Bounded by downtown Dallas to the east, the Trinity River to the north, Loop 12 to the west and I-30 to the south–is considered one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S .
Approx. 65% of freshman attending high school in WD drop out prior to entering the 12th grade, approx. 50% of all students live below the poverty line and approx. 86% of all students are economically disadvantaged.
67% of the adult population has less than a 12th grade education, 35% of that has less than a 9th grade education, and only 2% of the WD adult population has a college education.
However, the future for West Dallas is looking bright. Awareness of,resources to, and support for West Dallas are becoming more and more prevalent, along with a myriad of nonprofits working hard to help break the cycles of generational poverty and give hope to the neighborhoods of West Dallas.
Stats from the Texas Education Agency (Academic Excellence Indicator System) and 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census Bureau