WHAT IS COPE?
The Cost of Poverty Experience offers between 50 and 140 participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community --
the obstacles, decisions, and consequences that impact them every day.
WHO IS COPE FOR?
CHURCHES & YOUTH GROUPS
for discipleship & mobilization
for training or fundraising
EDUCATORS & HEALTHCARE
for community engagement
for a shared learning experience
WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
152,822 FAMILIES IN DALLAS ARE LIVING
AT OR BELOW POVERTY LEVEL
“In dramatic contrast to the surrounding region’s economic prosperity, the city of
Dallas has one of the highest concentrations of poverty in the nation. Many of these residents are unemployed or underemployed, preventing them from benefiting from the region’s economic growth. This opportunity gap is disproportionately affecting African-Americans and Hispanics, who represent a large and growing pool of potential middle-skill workers, just as the region needs to expand its talent pipeline.”
(JP Morgan Chase & Co., New Skills at Work Report, May 2015)
The poverty rate in the City of Dallas increased 42% over the past 15 years, while the City’s total population only increased by 4.4% during the same time period.
Almost 1 in 3 Hispanics and African-Americans live below the poverty line.
Almost 153,000 Latinos and more than 94,722 African-Americans live in poverty in Dallas.