Shoals leaders participate in poverty simulation

Shoals leaders participate in poverty simulation

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Community leaders in the Shoals took part in a poverty simulation Friday, giving them an in-depth look at the struggles of living in a low income family.

The goal is not just education, but to start discussions on possible ideas for solutions.

Participants were broken into groups and given real life situations to overcome. Tasks ranged from finding a job to putting food on the table, situations that many families are faced with in everyday life.

"It's not just about homelessness, but life living in a low-income family and the simulation is really designed to sensitize people to the day to day struggles of our neighbors in Alabama that live below the poverty line," explained event moderator, TC McLemore with Alabama Possible. "Alabama is the 6th poorest state in the nation, 900,000 people live below the federal poverty line and that includes 300,000 children."

The event was hosted by Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama, and  members of  Leadership Alabama. It was sponsored by Progress Bank, Realty South - Joe Rhodes and the Florence Housing Authority.

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