Fall 2012, Bohemian Foundation.
We are at a critical crossroads in the fight against poverty in Larimer County, and now is the time to embrace innovation and new approaches in finding solutions. The percent of children living in poverty in the county has increased at a faster rate than we have seen nationally, up a disturbing 80 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While the percent of seniors living in poverty across the nation has declined slightly over the same decade, the rate has gone up more than 40 percent in Larimer County. The overall percent of individuals living in poverty in our community has risen from 9.2 percent in 2000 to 14 percent by 2010, with the county once again outpacing the rate of change on a national scope.
In November 2011, our community started down a path to rethink our basic assumptions about poverty and explore new strategies to affect change through two promising initiatives: Bridges out of Poverty Northern Colorado and Circles Larimer County.