Poverty Simulation

Could you survive a month in poverty?


46.2 million Americans live in poverty every day.  Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to quality for programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program).  The recent economic downturn has seen unemployment rates rise and the use of emergency food pantries increase.  The Bucks County Opportunity Council helps more than 8,000 low-income people annually.

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day - the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. 

The simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home.  As one participant commented, "This welfare simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!" 

If you would like to find out more about hosting a poverty simulation, contact Eileen Albillar at ealbillar@bcoc.org or 215-345-8175 ext 209. 


Join us for an upcoming Poverty Simulation! 

Monday, April 29, in Norristown

Hosted in partnership with the PA Department of Human Services, this Poverty Simulaiton is intended for Emergency managers, VOAD & Community Partners. Click here for downloadable flyer. 

Where: Norristown State Hospital, Building 33 Multipurpose Room. Click here for Campus Map
When:  9 am - 12 pm. 

Registration is required! 
Log in to create an account (free) and register. Please register by April 22, 2019.  
If you do not have an account, please click here for instructions. Once an account has been created, click the above link to register. 

Participants will take part in a simulation to experience obstacles that impact low-income community memebrs on a daily basis, and that are exacerbated during disaster recovery. A hands-on exploration of how households prioritize needed services and resources is embedded in the scenario. Following the simulation, participants will discuss the implications for disaster response and recovery. Participants will gain an understanding of how to more inclusively and effectively deliver recovery services and programs at Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) or similar locations. 

In order to provide accommodations for persons with severe allergies, access and other needs, please contact Christine heyser at cheyser@pa.gov at least 2 weeks prior to the course. 


Tuesday, May 7 in Warminster 

Hosted by Christs Home in Warminster, this Poverty Simulaiton is open to all in the community. Participanst should be 16 or older. Click here for downloadable flyer. 

Where: Christ's Home Community Center, 800 Yord Road, Warminster PA 18974  
When:  9 am - 12 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. 

Registration is required!   Click here to register! 



Please register by April 30, 2019.  



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BCOC would like to extend our appreciation to the following sponsors of the Poverty Simulations, without whose support it would not be possible to provide them in the community: