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A Day in the Life: Symposium shows locals what it's like to live in poverty

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Poverty Symposium was held in Utica to raise awareness about the pressing issue, Wednesday.

According to the Mohawk Valley Community Action, 1 in 4 children in Oneida and Herkimer Counties are living at near or below the poverty line.

Also, 15% of adults are living in poverty according to the numbers.

Federal Guidelines consider a family of four, that makes under $24,000 a year to be poor.

The event, Wednesday, gave 160 people from the two counties an opportunity to see life through the eyes of someone suffering from poverty.

The simulation that was conducted showed the people in attendance what life could be like, should they sink into poverty.

"They have to carry out and live their life for a month with a certain life, with certain resources," said MVCAA Executive Director, Amy Turner. "They have to get their kids to school on time. If they work they have to make sure they get to work on time but some of them have limited transportation."

A Sheriff was also on hand in this simulated event to make sure that participants don't cut corners in order to improve their status.

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