More than 38,000 people in Jefferson County are living in poverty.
Today 1 out of 10 Colorado residents live in poverty.
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.
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 a family of 2.......$19,720
For a family of 3.......$24,860
For a family of 4.......$30,000