For Oklahomans who fall on hard times, the consequence is often eviction. They fail to pay rent on their houses or apartments, are forced to move out and find themselves in a cyclical housing crisis.
In 2016, Tulsa ranked 11th and Oklahoma City 20th in eviction rates among large cities, according to the Eviction Lab. Eviction is destabilizing for communities and families and is as much a cause as a symptom of poverty, according to author Matthew Desmond.
In this series, Oklahoma Watch profiles individuals whose quiet struggles in life reflect some of the larger issues facing the state. The series is made possible by a sponsorship from the Chickasaw Nation.