This fall Connecticut United Way released the first statewide ALICE Report, a data-driven, comprehensive research project that quantifies the situation confronting many low-income working families across the state in urban, suburban and rural communities.
ALICE — a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed — is an often overlooked population composed of men and women of all ages and races who work hard but still face financial hardship.
The report documents that the number of Connecticut households unable to afford all of life’s basic necessities far exceeds the official federal poverty statistics. In Connecticut, 25% of all households have earnings above the federal poverty level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold defined in the United Way ALICE Report. Together with the 10% of households below the poverty level, 35% of all Connecticut households are struggling to make ends meet.
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