To be single and making less than 25 thousand dollars a year is a difficult challenge for many.
But imagine also trying to provide for two small children on that wage.
And those looking to the government to help with needs like day care are finding the government can't help them.
We've all seen an increase in the cost of gas, groceries, and living in general.
Well, those increases take an enormous toll on those who may need help from from the government.
When Stephanie Carey moved to Amarillo two years ago with her two young sons, she was working a part-time job and going to school; therefore making her eligible for government assistance, like medicaid, daycare, and foodstamps.
Now that she's working full time, that assistance is cut off.
Local government assistance programs have guidelines sent down from the federal government.
And they say the income eligibility guidelines are increasing every year. They usually increase it by 75 to 100 dollars.
But Stephanie says that is not enough, since prices of groceries alone have gone up quickly in the last few months.