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Erika Kalberer and Kris Kalberer

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 Countrywide, but he lost his job during the mortgage crisis.

The family’s finances spiraled out of control and they lost their home in 2011. Since then, they’ve stayed with friends or in motels. Currently they live in their car.

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

Originally aired August 22, 2014, on NPR’s Morning Edition.