KPCC Asks: Looking back: How did Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy affect you?

(FILES): This September 15, 2008 file photo shows the sign for Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York.  The 158-year-old Lehman filed for bankruptcy protection on September 15, 2008 in the largest US bankruptcy filing in history, leaving the future of 25,000 staff in jeopardy and sending a financial tsunami across the globe that continues to reverberate today.    AFP PHOTO / Files / Nicholas ROBERTS (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES): This September 15, 2008 file photo shows the sign for Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York. The 158-year-old Lehman filed for bankruptcy protection on September 15, 2008 in the largest US bankruptcy filing in history, leaving the future of 25,000 staff in jeopardy and sending a financial tsunami across the globe that continues to reverberate today. AFP PHOTO / Files / Nicholas ROBERTS (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's been almost five years since the Lehman Bros. investment bank collapsed, sending the country into an economic tailspin and ushering in a national financial crash that deepened the Great Recession. The nation’s housing collapse hit Southern California particularly hard, especially neighborhoods in the Inland Empire.

To mark the Sept. 15 anniversary of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy filing, KPCC is planning a series of programming and digital content that examines the wide-ranging effects of the recession on Southern California and how the region's economy has been forever changed.

To help with that effort, KPCC is asking our audience: How did the recession affect you? 

Did you lose your house? Or did it scare you away from buying a house at all (and perhaps now you are thinking about it)? Did you build houses? Or sell them? If you are a homeowner, a construction worker or a real-estate agent, we want to hear your story.

Everything you share will be read by journalists only, and your responses are confidential unless you tell us we may publish them.