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Longmont Community Forum: Emerging from Poverty and the Cliff Effect

Posted: September 17, 2014 at 8:00 am by , in Breaking News, Featured, Morning Magazine

The Longmont Community Forum will be hosting a conversation on the cliff effect, which occurs when a small increase in household income triggers a disproportionate loss of public assistance benefits, adding another challenge for families working towards self-sufficiency. As a result, people may be less motivated to work their way out of public assistance. Participants in the forum will hear stories from those affected by the cliff effect and begin to thing about ways to change this system.

KGNU’s Maeve Conran spoke with Jessica Austin, Program Coordinator of the Boulder County Circles Campaign.



The Community Forum on the Cliff Effect will be on Sept. 25, 6-8pm at the Xilinx Retreat Center in Longmont. For more information, visit