DALLAS, Jan. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas' booming economy, driven by its leading real estate industry and an impeccably broad array of business activities, often overshadows the need of vulnerable social groups that live in less favorable conditions. Marcus Hiles, a prominent developer of affordable luxury housing throughout Texas and the CEO of Western Rim Property Services, is well aware of the more than 1,200 homeless children living on the streets of inner city Dallas, and fights relentlessly to assist these youth plagued by poverty. Most recently, in an effort to protect school children from the approaching winter elements, Hiles donated over 300 coats that will be distributed to those most in need by a church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Dallas' inner city district reflects what is becoming an epidemic throughout the nation's urban communities: an overwhelming majority of children living in dire circumstances. In the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), 86 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meal plans, and the state considers 66 percent of the district's students to be at risk for dropping out, according to the New York Times. A City Hall Council Meeting report concluded that 38 percent of children in the downtown area were either homeless or lived in a family that earns a gross income beneath the poverty line, although more than 27,000 of the individuals in these families work full-time jobs.
Marcus Hiles urges local businesses and residents to avidly support not-for-profit organizations and charity initiatives as they help at-risk youth overcome hardships, placing them onto the right path for success through spiritual, emotional and academic support.
Marcus Hiles is a renown real estate investor and the Chairman & CEO of Western Rim Property Services with thirty years experience developing residential rental townhomes and apartments throughout Texas. The son of an inner city minister, Hiles has dedicated much of his adult life to alleviating hardships for economically disadvantaged women and children, donating over $2.5 million to public and private K-12 initiatives, childcare programs, university career services, and job placement programs.