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Poverty Simulation

In 2015, there were 43.1 million people living in poverty. The official poverty rate was 13.5 percent and the median household income was $56,516.00. In New York State 2,970,032 people live in poverty. That is a total of 15.4% of the state, or almost 340,000 more people than the population of Kings County which in 2015 consisted of 2,636,735 people. To be in poverty is for a family of four, consisting of two adults and two children to live on $24,036.00 a year. U.S. Census Report.

The Poverty Simulation is a team building experience that allows participants of an organization to improve on their collaborative skills while simulating what it is like to live as a low income New Yorker. Put on by corporate law firms and state bar associations throughout the country, the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program is introducing it to judicial and non-judicial staff to enrich their work place experience.

For more information on the Poverty Simulation, email Lisa Zayas at

Program Material | Past Events

Program Material 

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015, Current Population Reports, Issued September 2016.

Thomas B. Edsall. "How Poor Are the Poor?" The New York Times, New York, N.Y. march 25, 2015.

Roberts, Sam. "One in Five New York City Residents Living in Poverty" The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 22, 2011.

Tavernise, Sabrina. “Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on 'Lost Decade'” The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 13, 2011.

Roberts, Sam. "Census Shows How Recession Hit N.Y." The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 28, 2010.

Delancy, Martha and Scott Russell. "Working with Pro Bono Clients." Bench & Bar of Minnesota, M.N. Vol. 62, No. 7, August 2005.

Brown, DeNeen L. "The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More." The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. May 18, 2009.

"Poverty: 2009-2010."; Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Issued October 2011.

Past Events 

November 2016
Touro Law Center

October 2015:
New York City Civil and Housing Court Judges Training

September 2014
Touro Law Center

February 2013:
Queens County Criminal Court Training

June 2012:
New York County and Richmond County Criminal Court Training

December 2011:
Kings County Criminal Court Training

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