One in three North Texans can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days. The problem's known as asset poverty, and it doesn't discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble is enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress.
KERA's series One Crisis Away is following four North Texas families on the financial edge. A health crisis sent the Madrid family of Rockwall into a financial crisis. Shirley Martin of DeSoto is a retiree who's struggling to make ends meet. Natalie Berquist of Lewisville is a single mom who faced homelessness after losing a job. And despite being frugal, the Dory family of White Settlement struggles with credit card debt.
Meet these families and explore their stories in our KERA News Digital Storytelling Project.
The ongoing series includes radio stories, videos, blogging, and conversations on Think. In addition, KERA and Communities Foundation of Texas will present One Crisis Away, a free public forum discussing asset poverty in North Texas, at Dallas City Performance Hall on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 25. Learn more here.