• Economic Mobility

    Community Council of Greater Dallas


    Moving people out of poverty and into living wage employment.

    Changing the Economic Mobility Landscape

    The poverty rate in Dallas is the third highest in the country and is considered one of the top challenges the city currently faces. Community Council believes access to education and employment opportunities for people with disadvantaged backgrounds is a major component to the solution.

    Reducing Barriers for Vulnerable Populations

    The journey to gainful employment for disadvantaged individuals isn’t easy. And, it’s crowded by barriers that make success almost impossible. Community Council is removing these barriers through the Opportunity Workforce program.

    Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

    The Community Council is a recipient of a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which provides funds to help alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.


    Funding supports projects that:

    • Lessen poverty in communities
    • Address the needs of low-income individuals
    • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health.

    Three Major Poverty Alleviation Goals:

    • Individuals & Families are stable and achieve economic security
    • People live healthy lives with economic opportunity to increase self-sufficiency
    • People are engaged and active in building opportunities in community – ownership and pride in their communities
  • #Dallas5000jobs

    The City of Dallas, Community Council, and other Anchor Institutions are working on a major campaign promoting over 5,000 jobs! Be a part of the movement and make a pledge today!


    On May 30, 2018 Community Council released the 2018 Community Needs Assessment (CNA) for Dallas County. The Community Needs Assessment will help the Community Council determine what programs and services are most needed in Dallas County. It will also guide the development of the agency’s strategic plan, goals, and outcomes. The 2018 CNA for Dallas County was produced in collaboration with:


    • Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI)
    • Visiting Nurses Association
    • The Senior Source
    • Dallas Leadership Foundation
    • Dallas Area Interfaith
    • City of Dallas


    Learn more about our poverty alleviation initiatives below.

    Connecting Community Organizations

    Community Council teamed up with UTD’s Institute for Urban Policy Research, the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI), and the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation to develop a community facing data platform that helps organizations access local the data and tools they need to fight poverty in our community.

    From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency

    Skill Quest is a program based at Community Council, under a two-year incubation agreement. As part of Community Council’s incubation program, Skill Quest is receiving office space, financial support and management oversight. Skill Quest is one of the transition out of poverty sub-grantees. Skill Quest provides middle skill training assistance for students attending Dallas Community Colleges or Collin College.


    Transitioning Individuals Out of Poverty (TOP)

    Economic Mobility offers assistance to unemployed individuals who are living below the poverty of 125% household income. This includes at-risk youth, public housing residents, individuals with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, young adults, single moms and the elderly. Local nonprofit organizations working with Community Council to ensure individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve security include:

    • T.O.R.I
    • Wings
    • Wilkinson Center
    • Jubilee Park Community Center
    • Achieve
    • Anthem Strong Families/Serve West Dallas
    • Bryan's House
    • Dallas Leadership Foundation
    • Oak Cliff Works
    • Education Opens Doors
    • Mayor Task Force on Poverty
    • Child Care Group

    Connecting Employers & Job Seekers through Technology

    OpportunityOne is an innovative workforce solution designed to connect employers to qualified job seekers and close the skill gaps for in-demand jobs. The innovative, virtual platform of OpportunityOne provides job seekers with the tools and support they need to move from welfare to work and includes custom assessments, guided learning paths and a full learning library of resources.

    OpportunityOne allows job seekers to browse open positions and helps connect them to employers through the virtual career fair platform.

    Creating Workforce Opportunities

    Responding to a request from the City of Dallas and a number of social services organizations in the Southern Sector, the Dallas Area Workforce Collaborative was formed, with Community Council serving as a backbone organization. Collaborative members include:

    • CEO Works
    • City of Dallas
    • City Square
    • Commit
    • Harmony CDC/Concord Church
    • DCCCD
    • Friendship West Baptist Church
    • Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders
    • Oak Cliff Chamber
    • Per Scholas
    • Skill Quest
    • TORI
    • Workforce Solutions
    • Year Up
    • Advance Net Labs
    • Generation USA
  • Contact Us

    Community Council of Greater Dallas

    1341 W Mockingbird Lane
    Suite 1000W
    Dallas, TX 75247
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
    (214) 871 - 5065