Monthly Archives: November 2014

Record-Journal Report: 35 percent of state families struggling

by Mary Ellen Godin, 11/18/2014 

An increasing number of state families live in a financial danger zone that forces them to make risky choices, which might harm their finances, health and safety, according to a United Way/Rutgers University report released this week.

“Connecticut’s official poverty rate of 10 percent obscures the true magnitude of financial instability across the state,” according to a summary of the 122-page report. “Using the realistic measures of the financial survival threshold for each county in Connecticut, the report reveals a far larger problem than previously identified.”

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Milford Patch Report: Significant Number of Milford Residents Struggling to Make Ends Meet

by Brian McCready 11/17/2014 

According to a new report released by the United Way, 5 percent of Milford’s households live in poverty, but a staggering 22 percent of city households live below the state’s basic cost-of-living threshold.

This is taken directly from the United Way report: The ALICE study reports that the annual household survival budget for the average family of four (two adults, one toddler and one infant) in Milford is $66,088 and for a single adult it is $24,618. Even with one of the highest median hourly wages in the country, 51 percent of jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20/hour ($40,000/year if full time).

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Milford Mirror United Way says 22% of residents earn less than the state’s basic cost of living threshold

11/17/2014 

Milford’s United Way says the American Dream is slipping away for many residents because they are not earning enough to live a middle class lifestyle.

“The American Dream is that if you work hard, you can expect to get ahead financially,” Gary Johnson, United Way director, said in a press release. “For most of us, that means you can save money; buy a reliable car; purchase a home if you want; afford quality childcare; send your children to college; handle unexpected expenses; pay for your family’s health care; and take family vacations.”

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Republican-American ALICE Program helps those above limits for help

by Mike Patrick, 11/17/2014 

When there’s not enough money at the end of the month to pay for groceries, Rosemarie Mastroianni-Lopez said, difficult choices need to be made.

“I’ve had to come up with some pretty creative dinners; I don’t know how I came out of the pantry with them,” she said. “If I haven’t been able to go shopping in a month and a half and I have to pay the light bill, I have to prioritize. Food is the first thing to go, because that’s the easiest.”

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Hartford Business Journal Report: 35 percent of CT households don’t earn enough to get by

11/17/2014 

One in 10 Connecticut households is beneath the 2012 federal poverty level, but that measure is well inadequate, according to a new report by the Connecticut United Ways and Rutgers University.

In reality, the report says, more than one in three struggles to afford the necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.

So while 141,628 households were beneath the official poverty line in 2012, another 332,817 fell beneath what the United Way calls the ALICE threshold, which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”

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New Haven Independent 58 Percent of City Households Fail to Make Ends Meet

by Markeshia Ricks, 11/17/2014 

You know ALICE. ALICE prepares your food at your favorite restaurant and then brings it out to your table. ALICE cleans your kid’s school and occasionally your house.

ALICE isn’t a person, but all the people who help make your life a little better even if their jobs never make their lives better, or help them get a peek at the American Dream.

ALICE is an acronym the United Way of Connecticut is using to describe households that are “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” The agency has issued a new report that shows that nearly half a million state households, or 35 percent, struggle to pay for five survival basics: housing, child care, food, healthcare and transportation.

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CT News Junkie United Way Says 35 Percent of Connecticut’s Households Are Struggling

by Christine Stuart, 11/17/2014 

A new report from the United Way found that about 35 percent of Connecticut households struggle to afford the basic necessities.

About 141,628 households live in poverty and another 332,817 are what the United Way is calling “Asset Limited Income Constrained, Employed” or ALICE households.

ALICE households survive on a budget that’s above the federal poverty level, but still not enough to thrive. The annual household survival budget for the average family of four in Connecticut is $64,689 and $21,944 for a single adult. The report found that a family budget that enables not just survival, but self-sufficiency is almost double the household survival budget or $111,632 for a family of four and $30,118 for a single adult.

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CT Post Life on the edge: one crisis away

11/16/2014 

Connecticut is pulling out of the devastating recession that began in 2008, with thousands of jobs added every month and the unemployment rate dropping to a six-year low of 6.4 percent.

But a comprehensive study released Sunday by the United Way agencies in the state indicates the recession’s effects persist. A startling 35 percent of the population in one of the wealthiest states in the country is just a crisis away from financial disaster.

Poverty, comprising 10 percent of that number, has been well documented previously and many programs are in place to help, though perhaps not enough.

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Hartford Courant Too Many Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

11/16/2014 

It’s not a secret that there are significant pockets of poverty in Connecticut: 10 percent of the state’s households live below the federal poverty line.

There is also, according to a study released Sunday by the 16 United Ways in Connecticut, a large cohort of working people — another 25 percent of households — whose income puts them above the poverty line, but not far enough above it to make ends meet. The study calls this population ALICE, for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”

Put simply, more than a third of the state’s households are struggling.

A major theme of the ALICE study is that the federal poverty line doesn’t remotely reflect the actual cost of living in the state. The study uses a tool called the Household Survival Budget, which compiles the minimum cost of necessities such as housing, child care, health care, food and transportation.

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Norwich Bulletin Study Shows 25 percent of Connecticut households qualify as ALICE

by Elizabeth Regan, 11/16/2014 

Although Connecticut has a reputation as one of the wealthiest states in America, a report released today found that 25 percent of households statewide fall into the category of the working poor.

In New London County, it’s 26 percent in which households struggle to make ends meet despite holding down jobs that keep them above the poverty level, the report says.

Continue reading: NorwichBulletin.com