Different kinds of poverty
There are different sets of survival skills that you need in different poverty contexts. Urban poverty survival is about dealing with people in groups and organizations. Rural poverty survival is about dealing with individuals and smaller groups, and nature.
The notion of "self-reliance" is fundamentally absurd in an urban setting. Urban settings are entirely communal. "Self-reliance" in a rural setting is more believable, but, in a world with seven billion humans on it, requires a lot of behind-the-scenes resource management to be possible: no matter how good a fisherman you are, if industry is allowed to dump into riverways, there isn't going to be anything to catch. So even rugged individualism requires government oversight.
But the experiences of both forms of poverty are very different.