The cliff marks the point where many give up



July 28, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Humanity House

If you know anyone who lives in poverty and uses TANF or SNAP to survive, you may understand their struggle. If you don’t, you may not clearly understand what is happening while you watch them stay in a system that does not allow them a good quality of life. The best way to understand poverty is to know a poor person. Just in case that is not something available to you, give me the opportunity here to explain.

There is a “thing” in the world of poverty that every member of our government, the Department for Children and Families (DCF), and people living in poverty know as the “cliff.”

You should fear the cliff as much as a person who is poor fears it. It is designed to keep poor people poor. It is there to ensure that getting out of poverty and off of government programs is nearly impossible without great aid and assistance from nonprofit organizations, family members, or a core support group with resources they are willing to share.

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