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Woman Turns to Charity for Help

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is the land where many hope to strike it rich, but the reality is that one in nine people living in Clark County are considered to fall under the federal definition of poverty.

Aeryawna is only 3-years-old, and in her young life, has moved so many times, it's hard to count.

Kasandra Jackson and her family moved to Nevada from California three years ago.

"Having four kids, it's really tough," Jackson said. "It's really tough."

Jackson, who turned to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada for assistance, said she was able to find a part-time job within two weeks of moving to Las Vegas.

"I worked that for awhile," Jackson said. "And I ended up getting two jobs and worked both of them with all four of my kids."

Suddenly her luck changed – and not for the better.

"For some reason, it just all started going downhill," she said.

That's when Jackson turned to Catholic Charities.

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The charity's spokeswoman, Leslie Carmine, said Jackson is part of Catholic Charities tenant-based rental assistance program, a homeless-to-home program.

Chronic homelessness has long been a problem north of downtown Las Vegas, but now charities are seeing victims of the recession needing help.

"It's people who've never found themselves in this position before," Carmine said. "We've even had individuals who were once donors, and now they're coming here for help.

"It's valley-wide. We are seeing ZIP codes that we've never seen before, (such as) Summerlin."

Jackson said she looks forward to working more and returning to school, and there's no question what keeps her motivated – her children.

Because of the increased demand, Catholic Charities is always accepting donations from those who can help. The charity said food is most in demand.

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