Low paying jobs? Mandate that employers pay a "living wage". High cost of housing? Subsidize the cost, and impose more rules on landlords. Poor health? Raise new taxes to pay for a universal coverage health care system. Day care costs? Make free preschools universal. High heating costs? Subsidize fuel bills for more households. Inadequate transportation? Expand public transit with nominal fares.
It will not likely occur to the Council members that perhaps some tough love on the subject of character, self-improvement, parental responsibility, wise shopping, clean living, and the benefits of work might do the poor a better service. After all, it has worked over the years for millions of Vermonters.