Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially. Reality Check is a series that makes the invisible visible by shining a light on the true number of families struggling in Harris County and across the U.S.

Access to early education, affordable housing, traditional lending, and healthcare can help to break the cycle of living hand to mouth, this series explores how we as a community can make this a reality.

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Episode 1: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

Individuals in Harris County are struggling. Almost 50% of the Houston workforce does not make enough money to support a family. Many in our community cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing in savings, and are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of these fragile working households. In episode one, we explore who these people are, how our economy has changed over the last 40 years, and what it means to be asset limited or income constrained while employed.

Reality Check Episode 1

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