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Meanwhile, the struggle to pay larger bills is compounded by higher gasoline, food and rent costs.

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth has served about 35% more people than last year, said Courtney Walker, the group’s community care program manager.

“We’re seeing more middle-income families come, which is new,” Walker said. “So even individuals that are higher earners historically are now needing assistance.”

While 77% of those the organization helps through her program report income, many cannot afford to pay for all their basic needs, Walker said.


Photo: Lola Gomez (Dallas Morning News)