Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Haven Register Just getting by in Connecticut

by Ed Stannard, 11/16/2014 

Trish Kallman of Milford helps out at the United Way of Milford’s kids’ closet whenever she can.

“When you’re there, you’re amazed,” said Kallman, who “never realized how many people are in need until I walked into there.”

Kallman, 40, knows the need well, because her family has benefited from the kids’ closet too.

Her family of five just about gets by. In order to buy food, she may hold off on paying the water bill. “We have to come up with almost $5,000 by the 20th of this month or the bank is going to foreclose on our home,” she said.

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CT Post Working but poor

by John Burgeson, 11/16/2014 

To many, $40,000 might seem a tidy income for a family of five. But when you try to live on that amount and the car needs a brake job and there are five people to feed and clothe, that $40,000 can get spoken for pretty quickly.

Just ask Trish Kallmann, who lives with her husband and three children on Milford’s West Side in the same four-bedroom ranch where she grew up.

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The Day Report: More in state struggling financially

by Ann Baldelli, 11/16/2014 

Connecticut is an expensive state to live in.
In fact, the cost of basic household expenses here is more than most jobs can support, according to a report released today by the Connecticut United Ways that provides a detailed snapshot of financial hardship above and beyond the outdated and woefully inadequate federal poverty guidelines.

Thirty-five percent of Connecticut’s working households grapple to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation, according to the ALICE report – an abbreviation for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – which was developed by the state’s 16 United Way chapters in collaboration with Rutgers University. It is intended to be used as a tool for policymakers and stakeholders to better understand and address the financial hardships faced by the working poor.

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Hartford Courant United Way Report: Financial Challenges Extend Above Poverty Line

by Mara Lee and Stephen Busemeyer, 11/16/2014 

About a quarter of Connecticut households are above the federal poverty level but have earnings or retirement income that is barely enough to meet basic necessities, the Connecticut United Ways say in a new report.

The income threshold varies by family size. A single mother with three children would need to have a combined $64,689 in wages and child support to get past what the agency characterizes as a “survival budget.” For a single person, the figure is $21,944.

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Hartford Courant Report: 25 Percent Of Connecticut Households Above Federal Poverty Level But Struggle To Meet Basic Needs

by Mara Lee, 11/16/2014 

About a quarter of Connecticut households are above the federal poverty level but have earnings or retirement income that is barely enough to meet basic necessities, the Connecticut United Ways say in a new report.

The income threshold varies by family size. A single mother with three children would need to have a combined $64,689 in wages and child support to get past what the agency characterizes as a “survival budget.” For a single person, the figure is $21,944.

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