If you want to work your way out of poverty, here’s your checklist. For starters, make sure your neighborhood offers housing you can afford, a decent school system, jobs that pay well, access to doctors, childcare, and a bus to and from work. Lacking those things, you’re pretty much stuck. Join the crowd. Since 2000, the number of those stuck in poverty has grown by 5.4 million to 37 million people. In Minnesota alone, the number of children in poverty rose 22 percent. The uninformed “it’s easy to work your way out of poverty” approach does not even begin to work as advertised. And it’s why we’re fighting against the root causes of poverty with everything we can.