Season 3: FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty

In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. A child born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. Does the American Dream exist in Chicago? In WTTW Chicago’s FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty, meet five people who are experiencing intergenerational poverty.

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Patricia Jackson: Part 1

Patricia has a stroke of good financial fortune.

Patricia Jackson: Part 1

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Patricia Jackson: Part 2

Derrick’s business gets off the ground.

Patricia Jackson: Part 2

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Patricia Jackson: Part 3

Patricia and her family are on the move.

Patricia Jackson: Part 3

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Andino Medina: Part 1

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Andino Medina: Part 1

A court hearing could put Andino back behind bars.

Andino Medina: Part 1

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Andino Medina: Part 2

Andino wrestles with the pain of parenting from afar.

Andino Medina: Part 2

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Andino Medina: Part 3

Andino and Angela work to reunite their family.

Andino Medina: Part 3

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Dominetrius Chambers: Part 1

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Dominetrius Chambers: Part 1

College and an apartment have eluded Dominetrius.

Dominetrius Chambers: Part 1

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Dominetrius Chambers: Part 2

Dominetrius has an enlightening encounter with the police.

Dominetrius Chambers: Part 2

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Gary Ladehoff: Part 1

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Gary Ladehoff: Part 1

Single parenting would be easier if Gary could buy a car.

Gary Ladehoff: Part 1

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Gary Ladehoff: Part 3

Old friends and a new home offer hope.

Gary Ladehoff: Part 3

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Gary Ladehoff: Part 2

An accident threatens to throw Gary off-course.

Gary Ladehoff: Part 2

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Melissa Fonseca: Part 1

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Melissa Fonseca: Part 1

Melissa imagines more for herself than a minimum wage job.

Melissa Fonseca: Part 1

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Melissa Fonseca: Part 2

As her relationship with her mom blossoms, Melissa considers going back to school.

Melissa Fonseca: Part 2

Video thumbnail: FIRSTHAND Melissa Fonseca: Part 3

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Melissa Fonseca: Part 3

Melissa’s new clothing business could be her ticket out.

Melissa Fonseca: Part 3