Poverty is generally described as a condition or state with a lack of resources. Sometimes, people in poverty are absent social, political, familial, or other resources. Poverty is always defined as a state where financial resources are scarce or absent.
Traditionally, assistance programs provide Band-Aids to alleviate the pains of poverty, and a lack of financial resources. Popular assistance programs include food, clothing, shelter, or medical assistance. These temporarily ease the pain of poverty, but by no means cure the real problem. (Please don't misunderstand me, I think these programs can be very important to a community, especially when administered in conjunction with economic mobility programs).
The only way for families to leave poverty behind is to increase their financial resources, and that is almost always accomplished by increasing earned (work) income.
Unfortunately for many families in poverty, they have little hope of dramatically improving their earned income. Many ar...