On a hot August weekend, Teri-Lee d’Aaran is already thinking about winter boots.

Her old pair leaked and fell apart. She needs new boots, but she will have to find $60 to buy them. Where will it come from?

She thinks about money all the time, because she’s poor.

D’Aaran lives in Cambridge on a disability pension of $1,255 a month. Of that, $800 goes for rent.

“It’s a massive struggle” to get by, she says. “You just cannot make it.”