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Poverty Simulation

In 2010, the number of people in the United States living in poverty reached 46.2 million, the highest level of poverty since 1994. In 2010, 2.8 million people in New York State live in poverty. That is more than the population of Kings County, 2.5 million. Of the 8.1 million New York City residents, 1.6 million people live in poverty. That totals 20.1 percent, or one fifth, of the population of the city. To be in poverty, is for a family of four, two adults and two kids to live on $22,113 a year. See 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, contact Tracy McNeil, Special Counsel for Program Initiatives, at 646-386-5989 or email

Program Material | Past Events

Program Material 

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 

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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