Poverty simulation raises awareness in midstate

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 8, 2013 3:54 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A poverty simulation is opening eyes to the complexities of the issue in the midstate.

Policy makers, community leaders and service providers spent an hour this week experiencing the same challenges and decisions that families living in poverty face every month.

Community Action Commission Executive Director Kathy Possinger says it may feel like a game, but it's the reality that too many families face.

"We're seeing a tremendous amount of struggle in our community," she says. "We know that in Dauphin County alone more than 12 percent of our community lives in poverty -- 31,000 people in a population just over 300,000 -- and 1 in 3 of those are children."

Community Action Commission also serves Cumberland and Perry counties, where poverty rates are 7.1 and 9.5 percent respectively.

Possinger says the goal behind the exercise is to raise awareness. She hopes it will lead to engagement and action in the fight against poverty.

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