The Poores escaped the worst of the early pandemic. Melanie still had work, and when she left, she was cushioned from free-fall - stimulus checks, unemployment, and the eviction moratorium kept the family stable. But gradually, these protections were revoked.
Jhala Fisher needed cash. Demand for home health aides crashed during the pandemic, and by May she had been laid off. Fisher, a 26-year-old in Louisville,…