Living on the Edge - Community Event

Step into the life of someone living on the edge of poverty – an experience that will challenge and change you.

United Way Halifax is focused not just on eliminating poverty but also on raising awareness about what it means to live it. In October 2016 we hosted two Living on the Edge poverty simulation events.

Living on the Edge provides the opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding about how poverty is affecting individuals and families right here in Halifax. It’s an experience that challenges you and changes you.

Thank you to our volunteers and participants for helping to make these events possible. If you would like to receive an update about when we’re offering our next event, let us know by filling in the fields below.

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What do others say about the experience?

“When I participated, I took on the role of a 16-year-old, pregnant, high school dropout. Anyone can be vulnerable at times – it’s important we take care of people, let them know they’re cared for and supported.”
- J.M. BLAIS, Chief of Police

“If someone invites you to participate in Living on the Edge, say 'yes'. Just do it.”
CHRISTINA MACNEIL, participant

“After having participated, I reflected upon my own position of privilege and gained a new perspective of the daily lived experiences and challenging realities of many individuals within our community.”
– STEPHANIE ALLEN, Dalhousie University student, participant