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Poverty Forum Teaches Difficulties of Homelessness

Written By: Kellie Meyer

Poverty simulation held in Painted Post.

Poverty Forum Teaches Difficulties of Homelessness

May 27, 2014

PAINTED POST (WENY) -- People in Painted Post got an idea Thursday morning of what life could be like if they were homeless. Pro Action, Catholic Charities Steuben and United Way of the Southern Tier hosted a poverty simulation.
     People were asked to be disabled, a senior citizen on social security, or a family receiving food stamps. They were then asked to provide basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget. The simulation was meant to give people new insights and power to combat poverty, and start a conversation on the issue.
     Laura Russman Associate Director of Pro action Steuben and Yates said, "it is not just a family problem it's a community and national problem." 
     Karla Digriolamo, Chief Ex Officer NYS Community Action Association added, "you're hearing this conversation in communities around the state and that was our goal. Wouldn't it be cool for a short period of time, everywhere in the state, you couldn't escape this thing. You couldn't escape people talking about poverty."
     5,000 children and youth are living in poverty in Steuben county.