Okay, I am going to tread lightly because this is a huge topic in our schools and communities and affects my classroom personally. The Bible says the poor will always be with us, but poverty has become more than "the poor", it has become a cultural thing, a mindset, a worldview, and its own clique if you will. It has also become a generational cycle that is difficult to overcome.
1. A better distribution of wealth, not in a communist way, but in a way where there is access to money for all people willing to work. For those unable, at least a willingness should be shown.
2. More education at all levels to teach more than job skills. I read an article about a gal who because of her "looks" couldn't get a good-paying job and was stuck at minimum wage. She had the skills for something more advanced, but had broken teeth and came from a bad neighborhood and wasn't "hire-able." So, education that would include how to look professional and where you can get access to these things. And education on how to work as a team and work independently, become trustworthy, responsible, show up on time, etc....
3. Teach contentment. I've lived at the poverty range before and I remember struggling from paycheck to paycheck, but I was truly content at that time. I didn't want for more. I had enough and even when I didn't know if I'd have enough to cover the rent, I felt God always provided. This mindset helped me, too, because I wasn't always lusting after the next fashion, the next big thing in technology....
4. Fix our communities! Give power back to the people in communities who are aching, but unable, to fix their neighborhoods. Cut the red tape so they can act.
5. Those of us who have knowledge need to share that knowledge.
6. Those of us who have resources need to share those resources. I don't necessarily mean charity.
7. Teach fiscal responsibility. How to budget, how to save money, how to wait on a big purchase, how to invest, how to know when leasing is a worse option than buying....
8. Eradicate the poverty culture mindset of an unexpected windfall is money to be shared rather than money to be handled wisely.
9. Hire teachers who believe, truly believe, in their students' potentials and are willing to invest time in teaching more than academics, but life skills and character building.
10. Teach our children to strive to improve what they can improve, to be the change they want to see, and relearn empathy and creative problem solving.