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Poverty goes hand-in-hand with inequality. Not all demographic groups share equal representation among those whom we call the poor or the working poor. Certain groups are over-represented. Poverty, however, is more than a lack of or insufficient income. It carries with it lack of access to physical and mental healthcare, education, shelter, and overall safety. Poverty is neither a “state of mind” nor a personal choice as some political circles will have us believe. Rather, it is a reflection of a society woefully out of balance. Without structural and systemic changes poverty will not be eradicated.