COST OF

POVERTY EXPERIENCE

WHAT IS COPE?

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.

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

98%

CHURCHES & YOUTH GROUPS

for discipleship & mobilization

WHO IS COPE FOR?

NONPROFITS

for training or fundraising

EDUCATORS & HEALTHCARE

for professional

development

BUSINESSES

for community engagement

FAMILIES

for a shared learning experience

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.

of COPE participants report a shift in thinking

82%

of COPE participants are ready to be part of the solution