“Poverty is the extent to which an individual goes without resources”
Excerpted from Payne, R. K. (2013) A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Types of Poverty
Resources Needed to Overcome Poverty
Emotional Strength: The ability to withstand the emotions that come with surviving on a daily basis and deal with the obstacles we face.
Financial: The money and credit to provide food and shelter for the family.
Mental/Cognitive: The ability to think for ourselves and develop solutions to everyday problems.
Spiritual: The ability to obtain guidance from a church, religious, or spiritual entity or mentor.
Physical: The time, energy, and focus to take ideal steps to better ourselves physically and medically.
Support Systems: Obtaining support from family and friends, as well as support systems in the community.
Relationships/ Role Models: Developing relationships that can offer support, advice and a new perspective on handling everyday problems.
Knowledge of Hidden Rules: Developing an understanding of the expectations and hidden rules of the various social situations. For example, how to conduct oneself in a meeting.
Language/Formal Register: An understanding the phrasing and sentence structure of the various social classes.
2020 Federal Poverty Level Chart
US Department of Health and Human Services
Household Size Income Per Year
1 person $12,760
What We Know
It's normal if a person, or family, has no idea how not to be poor anymore
It's normal if a person, or family, has a desperate need to feel connected
It's normal if a person, or family, is primarily motivated by their relationships
It's normal if a person, or family, has their long-terming planning thwarted by constantly living in "survival mode"