San Antonio's near eastside has its share of problems. The Promise Neighborhood - a neighborhood receiving Federal dollars from HUD - suffers from nearly a third of its 71,000 residents living in poverty, 11 percent unemployment and 15 percent high school dropout rates.
It may be hard to believe, but there is a silver lining to those numbers because in them is a 5 percent drop in all three categories.
The Eastpoint area of the promise zone is working hard to improve the lives of its residents. Graduation rates have nearly doubled and many other educational metrics are improving. Jobs programs have increased, housing development is on the rise, and - despite some violent crime spikes in the area - violent and property crime are both down.
What else has to happen to improve this impoverished area?
- Mike Etienne, director of Eastpoint for the City of San Antonio
- Mary Ellen Burns, Senior VP of the United Way