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Cost of Poverty Experience

Friday, March 31, 2017

What would it be like to live in poverty for one month? We invite you to join us for an interactive workshop, the Cost of Poverty Experience simulation (COPE) and learn more.

Cities across Washington are experiencing an explosion of homelessness and human service issues and are struggling to find answers. At its core, homelessness is an economic condition that prevents families or individuals from being able to afford shelter. A myriad of social issues contribute to homelessness and street issues including poverty, mental health care struggles, substance abuse, health care challenges, veteran’s issues and youth homelessness. Many of these causes overlap.

If we are to believe in the power of communities and organizations to help families and individuals while we equip them with support to exit poverty, we must work together to create the pathways to economic stabilization.

Read our press release on the event.


Participants will be divided into small “family” teams, experience challenges faced by people in situational or generational poverty, and learn about the range of coalitions and initiatives working to address root causes of poverty at the policy and community levels. A facilitated debrief leads to concrete next steps for learning, volunteering, giving and advocating for change. Past participants have reported gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity of poverty and have gone on to create changes in their own agencies, schools, and public policy to address needs and opportunities. 


9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Participant check in
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Simulation
  • Break/Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m.: Panel
  • 2 p.m.: Conclusion


Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036


Space is limited. Register by Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at this link.

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This workshop is sponsored by the City of Lynnwood, United Way of Snohomish County, and Leadership Snohomish County and brought to you through a partnership with Community Action of Skagit County and the Skagit Volunteer Center.