LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The following is a news release from the Lubbcok Area United Way:
Lubbock Area United Way has released the 2019 Community Status Report. This is the 20th annual publication of the report which tracks key demographic, education, economic, health and safety indicators in Lubbock County. The Community Status Report is a collaborative effort between Lubbock Area United Way and the City of Lubbock, Covenant Health, Lubbock County, Lubbock Independent School District, StarCare Specialty Health System, Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and UMC Health System.
This year’s report features specific information about ALICE in Lubbock County from the Texas ALICE Report. ALICE is an acronym for Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed. ALICE families live with incomes above the Federal Poverty Level but not high enough to afford basic household necessities such as rent, food, transportation costs and child care. 42% of Lubbock County households are either living in poverty (19% compared to the state average of 14%) or fall in the ALICE threshold (23% compared to 28% state average).
In addition, the report shows that Lubbock County continues to have rates above the Texas rates for rape, aggravated assault, family violence and child abuse. However, Lubbock County continues to improve on all “Born Healthy” indicators, including onset of prenatal care, the percentage of babies born with low birth weight, and the infant death rate.
United Way Community Impact Director Ashley Ammons said, “For two decades the Community Status Report has brought awareness to both significant challenges and significant improvements across the Lubbock Area. United Way is committed to creating long term, positive change for the residents of the Lubbock Area. Raising awareness of community needs is a critical component to reaching this goal.”
The report is used to keep up-to-date on important issues facing the Lubbock Area and ensure funds are being directed to the most relevant needs. It has also become an authority for accurate data that nonprofits throughout the region rely upon when developing grant proposals. The report and additional statistical data can be accessed online at www.liveunitedlubbock.org/community-status-report.
ABOUT LUBBOCK AREA UNITED WAY
Since 1946, Lubbock Area United Way has conducted annual fundraising campaigns to support local nonprofit agencies. During that time more than $180 million has been contributed and used to support United Way’s mission of Giving • People • Hope.
Lubbock Area United Way’s Community Partners work daily in the Lubbock area to assist people with needs such as affordable child care, crisis situations, character development, adult literacy, job training, and youth mentoring. A complete list of the Community Partners and the services they provide can be found online at www.liveunitedlubbock.org/community-partner-agencies.
(News release from the Lubbcok Area United Way)