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April 24, 2019

In Affluent Boca Raton, Philanthropists Try To Understand Poverty's Strain [WLRN]

In Affluent Boca Raton, Philanthropists Try To Understand Poverty's Strain [WLRN]

Madeline Fox of WLRN writes:

“The women’s worried conversations about paying utility bills, scraping together enough change to pay for transportation and pawning jewelry to pay for medical treatment seemed at odds with the designer purses at their well-clad feet.

For the organizers of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s poverty simulation at B’Nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, that was the point.

The simulation has been used around the country to give teachers, judges and nonprofit workers a sense of the precarity and stress experienced by the people they serve who make just enough money to scrape by.

Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said only 13 out of 100 families in poverty in Florida receive cash assistance. And from January 2018 to February 2019, an average 5,500 recipients lost access to food stamps each month because of sanctions – not because they no longer need the help.”

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