The West Steps: A bridge to families in extreme poverty

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 14, 2020

Sen. Rhonda Fields joins us to explore a simple and significant way to help Colorado families living in extreme poverty–below $12,000 a year in annual income for a family of four. Legislators are considering a bill that would increase temporary Basic Cash Assistance in response to the significant increased costs of housing and other needs in Colorado, and add an annual cost of living increase. With 65,000 children living in extreme poverty in Colorado, this assistance helps balance out the negative effects of the stress and trauma of living in poverty.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit