Danielle, Lillie and Alex

Over the past decade, many socio-economic factors have caused the emergence of the multi-generational home. A 2010 Pew Research Study showed that as of 2008, “16.1% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation.”

Many college graduates are moving back home with their parents to catch up on school debt or build a nest egg for their futures. On the other end of this spectrum are the families that were forced to consolidate their belongings during the course of the recession, moving in together after members lost their jobs.

This was the case for Lillie, Danielle and Alex in Las Vegas. After losing her job last with the local DMV, Lillie had to start relying on her daughter’s income to keep afloat. I visited with them during a recent trip to an agency served by the Three Square Food Bank.