We chose to look deeper into the issue of poverty in Waco. We want to decrease the rates of poverty within our community. Between 2008 and 2012, about 40% of Waco’s population was in poverty. 35.3% of Waco’s children live below the poverty level. Waco is the 37th poorest city in the United Sates. The 3 main races that are in poverty inWaco are Asian, African American, and Hispanic. Most families go into poverty because families lose other family members and it then creates a cycle. 31% of married couples are in poverty. 5% of males with no wives are in poverty. 64% of females with no husbands are in poverty. We have concluded that if you don’t work you will likely be in poverty. 43% of people of people in Waco that don’t work are in poverty and 2% of people that work full-time year round are in poverty. We want to take poverty at its root and help people escape poverty completely.