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Councilwoman Gonzales Says There’s No Time to Waste in Addressing Poverty in San Antonio

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Monday, February 10, 2020

Councilwoman Gonzales Says There’s No Time to Waste in Addressing Poverty in San Antonio

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429
Victor.landa@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (February 10, 2020) –Today the City's Human Services Department briefed the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, Chaired by Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, on the recently completed Status of Poverty Report. The following is Councilwoman Gonzales’ statement regarding the report:

 

“Twenty percent of the people of San Antonio live in poverty - that’s one out of every five people we encounter on a daily basis, and depending on where you live the number is higher.

 

We’ve long known this to be true, intuitively. Now we have the data to back our intuition up and the question before us is, what are going to do about it?

 

In September of last year I called for detailed demographic data regarding poverty in San Antonio and the City’s staff has done outstanding work in delivering the numbers in short order. Today, in our Planning and Land Use Committee, we started the long-needed process of responding to this intolerable poverty. And there is no time to waste.

 

In the coming weeks we’ll see the process that was initiated in September gain momentum as we consider the data and form our responses in targeted Council Committees - Planning and Land Use, Transportation, Economic Workforce and Development, Community Health and Equity, Innovation and Technology, Intergovernmental Relations, and Culture and Neighborhood Services.

 

This calls for all-hands, immediate effort from every sector of our city. One out of every five San Antonians - mostly children, mostly women-head-of-household families - are relying on us to see them, and act.

 

There is no time to waste and the process we kick-started this afternoon should be our top priority in the weeks and months to come.”