What is poverty? Class 1 A family of 4 to live in poverty has to be under $22,000. Geographical locations cost different amounts. Can people work harder to get out of poverty? Yes and NoNo because if someone gets a raise from $8.25 an hour to $11 they lose food stamps, Medicare and rent goes up on assistance. For a $450 increase in pay the person will lose $600 in aide. Leaving them in poverty still.You can get Badger Care in Wisconsin if you make less than $66,000.They are hustling backwards, won’t get out of the rut.Someone must always be poor.Wisconsin is the worst state for a black man to live in, no job, bad wages.