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Connecting Communities: Navigating Benefits Cliffs – Barriers and Solutions

October 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

Mother and child speaking with advocate

This webinar is now available to watch on-demand.

Benefits cliffs create economic challenges for workers and employers alike. A benefits cliff may occur when an increase in income—from working more hours, getting a raise, or taking a new position—pushes a worker above the income eligibility limit for one or more public assistance programs, and the loss of assistance is greater than the value of the increase. This forces people to choose between their family’s immediate financial best interest and their own longer-term wage growth and career advancement. These cliffs can also stymie employers seeking to hire workers and develop their skills through internal career pathway opportunities.

Join us October 12th for a dynamic session with experts exploring this economic challenge from the perspective of employers, the Federal Reserve, and community leaders who help families navigate public assistance programs and plan for career advancement opportunities. You’ll learn about tools developed by the Atlanta Fed that can identify and inform mitigation strategies. You’ll also hear about innovation pilots including Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C. that may inform the future efforts of state and community leaders working to develop solutions to the benefits cliff.


Britt Birken

Brittany Birken, PhD
Director and Principal Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Kwain Bryan

Kwain Bryant
Manager, Career Navigation
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Talethia Edwards

Talethia Edwards
Family Advocate & Coalition Builder
The H.A.N.D. Up Project

Geoff King

Geoff King
Program Manager, Career Mobility Action Plan
District of Columbia Department of Human Services

Marielle Lovecchio

Marielle Lovecchio
Tennessee Alliance for Economic Mobility

Alex Ruder, Atlanta Fed

Alexander Ruder, PhD
Director and Principal Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Headshot of Michele Watson

Michelle Watson
Chief Executive Officer
Florida Alliance of Children’s Council & Trusts

Gabriella Chiarenza

Gabriella Chiarenza
Communications Advisor
Fed Communities


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About Connecting Communities®

Real people. Real research. Real conversations.

Connecting Communities is a Federal Reserve-sponsored webinar series providing timely information on community and economic development issues. It complements Fed community development outreach initiatives conducted through the 12 regional Reserve Banks and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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