I have lady relatives that are rather easily affected by what seem to be hard luck women. More often than not, they are looking for a place to live. Then it would expand from there.
Invariably, they are this sorry predicament because they have made bad decisions / engaged in bad behaviors / operated with bad attitudes, etc. Normally a huge part of their situation is of their own making. Here is a hard and fast rule, unless they acknowledge their own faults with respect to where they are, and resolve to do something about it, then they are disasters in the making. Work yourself away from them as fast as possible, as they will find ways to make their problems your problems.
On the other hand, if they are actually trying to rectify some of their character issues, then they might be worth a chance. Your choice.
So why are we talking about women? Well, because nobody really cares when fellas fall upon hard times. Perhaps some other guys do, but it is not societally sanctioned like it is with the women.
Exit question — What is a good sob story worth?