Bradbard Poverty Q1
Poverty, like many societal ills, is a multifaceted issue. It does not result from one simple cause, which means there is no one simple solution. We also know that an individual or family typically does not find themselves living in poverty overnight and there are many factors that can keep a person or family in their current situation.
Therefore, when considering strategies for preventing poverty and lifting people out of poverty, we have to take a long-term view. We must ensure there is a safety net for those in crisis while focusing on the creation of a workforce that encourages and supports work that results in living wages. To reach that goal, we need a strong ecosystem including quality education, basic needs support, quality housing, mental and physical wellness, transportation, child care, and the availability of jobs that pay a family-supporting wage.