I think back in my youth most were "poor" in the sense of small income, no savings to speak of. but of course they had no living expenses to find.
One guy who stayed with us for the "visit" week, told me he took terrific care of his Meeting clothes , so as to look smart, but rarely spend on anything new.
That couple, and others who stayed in our home, were really nice modest people.
Later C.O's and D.O's may have been different, but I saw no sign of "back-handers" from our Congo. A wealthy bro in later times had a huge posh house, all the C.O's used to stay with him of course. In even later times there was an Apartment attached to a K.H they could stay in.