Shirley Martin | KERA News

Shirley Martin

Dane Walters / KERA News

KERA’s series One Crisis Away put a face on asset poverty by chronicling four North Texas families dealing with life on the financial edge. This holiday season, we’re catching up with some of those families, including 73-year-old Shirley Martin. 

Dane Walters / KERA News

Most of us don’t expect to work into our 70s, but many North Texans don’t have a choice.

Take Shirley Martin, one of the people we’re following in our series One Crisis Away. Shirley, like almost half of all Texans, doesn’t have enough money in savings to survive a financial emergency for three months.

Dane Walters / KERA News

Preparing for retirement is daunting for anybody. Without an inheritance, a hefty pension or a 401K, it can be tough to just get by.

Take Shirley Martin. She’s 72, she lives in Desoto and she’s struggling to make ends meet. One of every three North Texans is in the same boat. They don’t have enough money set aside to live for three months after a financial hit.

Shirley is one of the people featured in KERA's new series, One Crisis Away. Instead of getting discouraged, Shirley’s getting creative. [Watch the video of Shirley's story here.]

KERA's series One Crisis Away looks at four families on the financial edge. In this profile, meet Shirley Martin, a 72 year-old woman living in Desoto. Divorced and a breast cancer survivor, Shirley can't afford to live on her small annual retirement and Social Security, so she takes in boarders through a nonprofit called Shared Housing.

Here's KERA's video of her story. [Listen to the radio story here.]