Area leaders participate in poverty simulation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Brightpoint hosted a poverty simulation Thursday, which invited leaders from area businesses and nonprofits as well as elected officials the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget.

Millions of Americans live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough that they can’t afford basic needs like food, decent housing, or quality child care. It may be difficult for those who have enough to 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 event was held at Frontier Communications. During the simulation, participants were instructed how to provide for their families and maintain their homes.

Senator Jim Banks and Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ Jehl were among the participants.