Stories & Essays: The long way home: poverty_digi_essay_09

Kenneth Davis (left) hands money from his paycheck to his wife, Janice Hensley, as they leave a check cashing businesses Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Dallas. Davis, Hensley and three of their children have been living at the Dallas Life Foundation homeless shelter since April 2014. Davis and Hensley both have jobs at the shelter, for which they are paid a small stipend. Hensley has become the keeper of their finances, saying in private she distrusts Kenneth's ability to budget.

Kenneth Davis (left) hands money from his paycheck to his wife, Janice Hensley, as they leave a check cashing businesses Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Dallas. Davis, Hensley and three of their children have been living at the Dallas Life Foundation homeless shelter since April 2014. Davis and Hensley both have jobs at the shelter, for which they are paid a small stipend. Hensley has become the keeper of their finances, saying in private she distrusts Kenneth's ability to budget.