Trying to understand poverty survival

Group 236

Through assisting with a poverty simulation on July 16, Lutheran Services in America (LSA) helped members of Congress and their staff understand more of the daily realities of poverty. Along with Future Without Poverty coalition collaborators like Catholic Charities USA and Entergy, the bipartisan event hosted nearly a dozen House members in a make-believe town at the Capitol Visitors Center where four weeks surviving as a family on a low-income, such as meeting basic necessities of nutrition and healthcare, were simulated. More from LSA (“Role-playing helps legislative leaders feel the stresses of surviving in poverty,” 7/19/14) and from The Washington Post (“On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day” by Robert Samuels, 7/15/14).