Week 2: Budget
A woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil. She broke the jar and poured it on his head. ‘Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages?’ Mk 14: 3-5
When we Meet the Neighbors in Central Austin:
many worry about how they will pay for housing and for the transportation to get to work.
many rely on food pantries to stretch the income.
many cannot afford health insurance and have no safety net if they get sick
many struggle to hang on.
What a choice to make:
Poverty is defined as an income of less than $20,650/year for a family of four (2007)
In 2006, an estimated 15.2% of Travis County residents lived below the Federal Poverty line.
Who among our neighbors is facing Poverty?
the utilities kept on or a smiling child's face.
Have I ever had to worry about Poverty or a Stressed Budget?
Learn more about the challenges of Budgeting and Poverty
that affect our neighbors in Austin:
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) challenges us to look closely at the face of poverty in our country. Take the poverty quiz from USCCB to see if you really understand the issues of poverty in the US.
In a report dated November 5, 2010, Austin Energy finds that the poorest of its customers pay nearly half their income on utility bills. Read a summary of the report here.
Read the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) paper "The Family Budget Estimator: What it Really Takes to get By in Texas". How does your family fare? How does your family status compare to other neighbors in Central Texas?
Children who live in poverty are among the most vulnerable of our citizens in Central Texas. Read "Basic Needs: A Focus on Childhood Poverty" published in January 2010 by Community Action Network (CAN).
What percent of one's income is spent on housing? on utilities? on transportation? on childcare? on health care? on food?...
When a family is living close to the poverty line, the budget can never stretch far enough. What is paid this month and what doesn't?
Read The Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas 2008 Poverty Fact Sheet