“This is one thing, as a mom, I didn't expect I'd have to fix.”

In 2003, Kris Kalberer left her job as a retail manager to raise her kids and care for her elderly mother.

The family did well on her husband’s income from his job at Countrywide. But he lost his job in the mortgage crisis.

Their finances spiraled out of control, and they lost their house in 2011.

Since then they’ve lived with friends and in motels. Currently, the family lives in their car.

At StoryCorps, Kris sat down with her teenage daughter, Erika Kalberer, to talk about their situation.

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This interview is part of Finding Our Way: Stories of Family Homelessness in the Puget Sound, a project supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Recorded in Seattle, Washington
Music Info: "I Want to See You Fly" by Christopher Bowen from the Album $9.99 Soundtrack
Produced by Liyna Anwar and Eve Claxton
Facilitated by Whitney Henry-Lester
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