$1500/month and a Family of Four: Can You Survive?

From the 2012 Poverty Simulation

At first glance, an income of $1,500 per month may seem manageable. However, break the numbers down and it is a total annual household income of $18,000 or about $350 per week. It’s hard to know where the shortfalls will be, or what will go lacking for your family, without actually experiencing this scenario.

The North Carolina Community Action Association wants to remedy that. NCCAA will host a Poverty Simulation Training event aimed to raise awareness about the complexities of living with poverty in North Carolina. This interactive tool provides a window into the lives of North Carolina’s low-income families and the struggles they face to overcome barriers of joblessness, homelessness, crime, illiteracy, and the lack of quality childcare. The training occurs during the span of 4 hours, from 1 pm to 5 pm on Thursday, June 14 in Raleigh, NC. This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required and can be completed online at http://www.nccaa.net.

Sharon Goodson, executive director of NCCAA, said, “Poverty is everybody’s business. The time has come for all citizens to join together in an open dialogue regarding the impact of America’s economic crisis on our families and communities.” According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, North Carolina’s poverty rate spiked to 17.5 percent, surpassing the official national poverty level of 15.2 percent, ranking North Carolina as the 12th highest poverty state in the nation. That means, in North Carolina, more than 1.6 million children, elderly, disabled and low-income individuals are impacted by poverty. That equates to 1 in 5 women, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 4 African Americans, and 1 in 3 Latinos who don’t have access to adequate housing, health care, education, employment or resources to enjoy a decent living. Join the efforts to eradicate poverty by connecting with NCCAA online at Facebook.com/NCCommAction and twitter.com/NCCommAction.

How can you help? Contact a friend and attend the FREE NCCAA Poverty Simulation Training Event together on Thursday, June 14 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina. Register online: http://www.nccaa.net/Face-to-Face-with-Poverty.aspx.

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