So, here’s something novel – a game about homelessness. The game starts with several statements on your current situation scenario:
YOUR SAVINGS ARE GONE. YOU’VE LOST YOUR HOUSE. YOU’RE A SINGLE PARENT. AND YOU’RE DOWN TO YOUR LAST $1,000. CAN YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE MONTH?
The game goes through a variety of situations that you have to overcome through multiple choices and are mainly based around money, I’d recommend playing it to get an idea as it doesn’t take too long. I thought it was useful as a tool to help you understand just how easy it is to go under financially and how hard it is just to survive financially. It gives a greater context to the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protests in America and makes me feel much more privileged (and a bit smug) to have state welfare.
What’s more, it shows that there’s more than one type of freedom. Liberty isn’t just based on protecting you from others, but about your freedom to achieve very basic needs such as shelter or food. Thus, it made the political point that liberty is freedom to as well as freedom from. All my best wishes to the Urban Ministries of Durham who made this awareness campaign.