From: Eileen B., Manchester, NH
Many people who are in difficult financial straits often are isolated, with no close friends. Friends can be emotional support, contacts for jobs, and sources of information. Sharing a story of being poor now or in the past reduces stigma, focuses on reality, and builds community, which strengthens bonds among people who can then help one another. Social capital is not expensive, requires no votes, and is proven to be successful.
From Rockland, MA
I am amazed to discover many low-income families do not understand the need to live on a budget or how to live on a fixed income. The meaning of 'budget' is foreign to some low-income families. Perhaps providing a supportive course on how to budget on a low household income, might be of benefit for some low-income persons.