A Fighting Chance: Shamekia and James

//A Fighting Chance: Shamekia and James

Shamekia and James live in Austin, Texas. As carpenter and welder by trade, James was working full-time and earning plenty of money to provide for his five children when he was laid off during the Great Recession.

When James lost his job, he and Shamekia weren’t able to afford rent and bills for their home. They were forced to move from motel to motel, some of which were roach-infested and located in high crime areas of town. James turned to drinking to deal with his job loss, and during an altercation with his wife, a neighbor called Child Protective Services. Seeing the conditions in which the family was living, Shamekia and James lost custody of their children.

James and Shamekia have been struggling to find jobs and have been attending counseling and parenting classes in an effort to get their children back.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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