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October 20, 2013

Poverty simulation illustrates daily struggles

About 50 people have learned what it feels like to live in poverty through a simulation project in western Georgia.

The Newnan Times-Herald reported Sunday that participants were assigned roles as members of a low income family. They had to use play money to try making ends meet for a month while contending with bills, fees and more.

The program showed how different issues, including inadequate public transportation systems, federal budget cuts to some programs, and families being unaware of which agencies could offer help, could combine to make the situation worse.  

Participants said the problems quickly piled up, leaving them overwhelmed and unsure of their next move.  

The Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and Meriwether County Family Connection sponsored the program.


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