Renowned for its beautiful and versatile landscape of mountains, canyons, rivers and even desert lands, the state of Colorado was also recognized by the CNBC as the third best state for business in 2010.
However, recent 2014 statistics point out a worrying 5.3% unemployment rate among Coloradoans.
The situation looks even worse for Colorado if we consider the 12% poverty rate and the 18% child poverty rate. This means that from Denver to Colorado Springs, more than 964,000 children are growing up in meager conditions, while their parents are struggling with unemployment.
With an extreme poverty rate at 5.5% and 31% of single parent families situated below the poverty limit, it’s no surprise than 1 in 7 Coloradoans are currently struggling with hunger. The children are not the only ones in trouble though, as more than 1 in 7 seniors find themselves choosing between food and medication.
Although many lucky parents are able to find jobs at large employers like Denver International Airport or the United States Air Force Base, it seems that for 27.6% of families, the wages are minimal and can only amount to a low, insufficient income. In the meantime, the Hispanic population of Colorado is also suffering, as 471,000 children are living in extreme poverty and 139,000 have parents that cannot secure full-time, year-round employment.
Free Government Cell Phone Program available in Colorado
Given that many people are still worried about earning their next meal, it is only expected that they cannot afford a cell phone or the attached monthly service. On the other hand, it is almost impossible to get by in today’s society without a personal cell phone and a quick way to get in touch with employers.
If you live in Colorado and you’re struggling with poverty, you can draw new hope from the arrival of the Lifeline program to your state.
Through this program, a Lifeline provider near you can help you obtain a cell phone, as well as 250 monthly minutes for no cost whatsoever.
All you have to do to receive your free cell phone and 250 minutes is to submit proof of your eligibility for the Lifeline program. Once your documents are verified by the provider of your choice, they will ship your phone to your home address in Colorado and you can begin using it at once. This can truly help you take a turn for the better, as you should find it much easier to stay in touch with employers, your children and emergency services