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Learning what it's like to live in poverty in Palm Beach County

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 20:35:01-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.-- Dozens of people in Palm Beach County had the chance Wednesday to learn what living in poverty is like.

About 70 of them took part in a poverty simulation in Boynton Beach.

They heard stories and were given examples of what it takes to earn a living wage in the county.

The CEO of Pathways to Prosperity, which helped host the event, said a family of four needs to earn about $61,000 a year.

"In order for that to happen then they would need an education. A lot of our families don't have everything they need to be supportive," said Pathways to Prosperity CEO Kemberly Bush.

Pathways to Prosperity says its mission is to improve the social, mental, spiritual, economic and emotional well-being of children and families through education and social services. The group hopes to cut the poverty level by 10% within the next ten years.