The Census Bureau has released its annual poverty report showing more people are living at or below the poverty threshold. This means many are finding themselves there for the first time.
â€śMaria,â€ť who was too embarrassed to give us her true name or allow us to photograph her face, says she and her husband have had to sell their most cherished possessions.
â€śWe sold our wedding rings, our furniture, everything,â€ť said Maria.
Trying to get help from government agencies is presenting problems too she said because their house, the mortgage for which is more than the its value, is considered an asset. She has two sons, the younger one suffers from Autism. During the interview she begins to break down and her older son, only 12-years-old, has to take on the very adult role as comforter.
CNNâ€™s Jim Roope says itâ€™s one of the hardest interviews heâ€™s had to do. Filled with emotion and sometimes despair, but â€śMariaâ€ť does have hope.
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