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Understanding the institutional, societal, and local causes and issues surrounding poverty helps all of us work more efficiently toward solutions.

The Cliff Effect occurs when a pay raise at work triggers a disproportionate loss of government assistance. Even a small raise can “push people off the cliff” when it comes to benefits. Suddenly ineligible for subsidized food, housing, healthcare, or childcare, the family is worse off than before receiving the raise.

 

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Poverty in Albuquerque is 51% higher than the national poverty rate. More than 107,000 people live below the federal poverty level. The four-county metro area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, and Torrance) have 163,511 people living in poverty, or approximately 64,000 households. (2018) 

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Social capital is our relationships, social connections, and social networks and the value these networks bring to us. These networks provide us access to resources and benefits, and people use their social capital to make connections for jobs, find information, or get connected to the right resources. Social capital is integral to the Circles Model.

How much social capital do you have?

 

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