(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.
(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.
(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.
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