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More than 38,000 people in Jefferson County are living in poverty.

Generational poverty

Generational poverty is defined as families who have lived in poverty for at least two generations, meaning children of parents in poverty are more likely to grow up to live in poverty themselves.

Generational Poverty
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Today 1 out of 10 Colorado residents live in poverty.

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Scale of the issue

Even working full time, a parent earning the 2022 Colorado state minimum wage of $12.56 per hour will fall significantly short of meeting a family with children’s basic needs.

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Poverty is structural and persistent.

Children who experience chronic poverty are more likely to lag behind their more affluent peers in language development, delaying literacy and hindering academic success at all grade levels.


Poverty affects health by limiting access to proper nutrition and healthy foods; shelter; safe neighborhoods to learn, live, and work; clean air and water; utilities; and other elements that define an individual’s standard of living. 

Children raised in poverty are likely to remain in poverty when beginning their own families, creating generational cycles of poverty. 


Poverty is the largest risk factor for dropping out of school before completion.

Poverty is a National Issue.

Even at the minimum wage, work supports can help families meet their needs while working towards self-sufficiency.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is a measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal poverty levels are used to determine your eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance, and Medicaid and CHIP coverage.

For individuals.........$14,580

For a family of 2.......$19,720

For a family of 3.......$24,860

For a family of 4.......$30,000

2023 FPL Guidlines:

Federal Poverty Guidelines

JPP helps families move beyond poverty to self-sufficiency


Jeffco Prosperity Partners

At the forefront of our efforts to combat poverty is our program called Jeffco Prosperity Partners (JPP). Through JPP, we bring together the strength and support of the community, families, and project partners to collaboratively seek and implement effective solutions.

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