indigent \IN-di-juhnt\ (adjective) - Lacking necessities of life, such as food, clothing, etc.; impoverished.
(noun) - A person who is extremely poor.
"As Catherine was quick to point out, the most indigent families couldn't even afford to keep their children in school because they did not have the $10 per term to pay supplemental fees."
From Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin indigent- (stem of indigens), present participle of indigere (to lack in), from indu (in-) + egere (to lack, to need).]