Are down on their luck - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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be down on (one's) luck
To experience a period of misfortune. Ryan is really down on his luck these days—he just lost his job, and then he got evicted from his apartment!
be down on your ˈluck (informal) have no money because of a period of bad luck: He employed a retired soldier who was down on his luck to tidy up the garden.