8:15-9:45 a.m.

There are many families falling into the category of Asset Limited Income Contingent Employed-- individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.  Dr. Michael S. Gutter, Associate Dean for Extension at the University of Florida, IFAS Extension will discuss the different issues and facts surrounding poverty including the barriers to economic mobility at both household and community levels.

UF/IFAS Extension is taking a holistic approach to this issue. One program that will be discussed is their poverty simulation. This program allows participants to simulate a month in the life of a limited resource family. Participants of this program typically include members of local public services, non-profits, and other community stakeholders.  We will follow this simulation up a series of sessions focusing on bringing the community together to address these serious issues. Dr. Gutter will also highlight several programs UF/IFAS Extension utilizes to address issues relating to food insecurity, asset building community development and some next steps that county leaders can consider.