Denver's Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations has just issued an excellent profile on poverty in Denver. Did you know that in 2008 11.4% of Colorado's population lived below the federal poverty level? In 2008 18.4% of Denver citizens lived below the 2008 poverty levels. Being below the poverty level means you earn less than $21,200 for a family of four and 10,400 for a single person.
In the section on older Denverites, 10,000 of the nearly 70,000 live in poverty.
The Picture of Poverty Report is available in PDF format at www.denvergov.org/humanrights for quick access and downloading. Or if you are computer challenged, call the agency 720-913-8450 as they have a few printed copies.
So get informed and tell your friends and neighbors about what's really going on in our neighborhoods. Many of the statistics will upset you. The report contains excellent action items and recommendations which citizens and community leaders can push to help solve this important issue.