Poverty etc. simulators

Teaching non-poor people about poverty can be difficult. There is a poverty simulation you can run, but it requires a big room and lots of volunteers, so I’m looking for on-line games. This is a collection of links

marketplace.org Asks you to see if you can live on $438 a week, the US government poverty level.

Simulator created by Urban Ministries of Durham

A site for created by Canadian television

A web page from Seattle listing a variety of simulation options which is one page in their whole web site on homelessness from the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Faith & Family Homelessness Project.

An interactive calculator published in the New York Times

Interactive tools from the National Alliance to End Homelessness

This tool from the Urban Institute looks at the supply side, the cost of building housing, and shows why it is difficult to build housing that is affordable for low income people.


This PDF file from Habitat for Humanity is the written materials needed to run an in-person housing simulation.


And this simulation about polygons shows how individual decisions can create segregation.

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