Hear the voices of Californians.


One way for us to deepen our understanding of Californians who are working but struggling economically was by listening to their stories during in-depth interviews. These 60- to 90-minute interviews provided deep insight into interconnected challenges that each individual faces in their lives. We seek to amplify their voices and add context to some of the themes that arose by sharing excerpts from six of these interviews.


A home healthcare worker and mother of three in Lancaster


A warehouse worker and high school student in San Bernardino



A childcare provider and mother of three in El Centro


A college student and mother of one in Fresno



A shipping worker and college student in Torrance


A hotel housekeeper and mother of one in San Francisco


Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of the interview participants.