From the Acton blog, an article about why it’s so expensive to be poor. For example, one of the reasons is deferred maintenance:
If you’re higher up on the economic ladder you get things fixed, whether tire or teeth, before the repairs become even worse and become more costly. But when you’re poor, even small repairs are more than you can afford. And they lead to catastrophic consequences.
Read the article. If we take seriously what Christ said about helping “the least of these” then part of the solution to poverty — maybe the first part of the answer — is to answer the question: “What can I, as a follower of Christ, and we as a community of faith, do to make life less expensive for the poor?”