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Comanche County Poverty Simulation

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LAWTON, Okla- It's hard for most to fully understand the struggles of a person who lives in poverty, but it's something that affects more people than you think.

In 2011, more than 20,000 people in Comanche County where found to live in poverty.

So Saturday Lawton city officials and citizens were put through a simulation of that lifestyle.

The Great Plains Improvement Foundation held a poverty simulation that put people through four, 15 minute weeks of dealing with human service agencies, living pay check to pay check, and other daily struggles people on poverty go through.

Andre Williams went through Saturday's simulation as the role of a 19-year-old single mother who dropped out of school.

 

"I found that it was very difficult with the limited resources that I had as a 19-year-old female to have to be able to get through life. It was an eye opener," said Andre Williams.

At the end of the day, the participants shared the hardships they experienced during the simulation.

They shared the difficulties of having to balance working a job, taking care of kids, and applying for services like food stamps.

Police Chief James Smith and City Manager Bryan Long also took part in the simulation.

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