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Hartford Courant Kudos To Aetna For A Living Wage

by Susan Dunn 1/27/2015 

Kudos to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini for doing just that in raising the company’s minimum wage to $16 per hour. Connecticut United Ways’ recently released ALICE Report finds that for a single adult, an hourly wage of $10.97 is required just to meet a “survival” budget. Our state minimum wage almost gets us there in 2017, and Aetna has more than gotten its employees on the road to a living wage.

However, for a family of four, the ALICE Report found that an hourly wage of $32.34 is needed to afford the essentials in Connecticut. Aetna’s leadership demonstrates that progress is surely being made, but we still have a long way to go for families in our state.

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Middletown Press Middlesex United Way: A year in review, and thank you

by Kevin Wilhelm 12/26/2014 

In 2014, Connecticut United Ways also released the ALICE Report on financial hardship in Connecticut. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The report revealed that 20 percent of Middlesex County families earn above the federal poverty threshold but are still unable to afford the basics. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four is about $24,000, yet this does not even begin to reflect the cost of living in Connecticut.

The minimum cost of basic necessities like housing, food, health care, childcare, and transportation will run a family of four $64,689 a year, yet 51 percent of all Connecticut jobs pay less than $20 an hour — or slightly more than $40,000 annually.

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Hartford Courant Working Poor Need A Boost More Than Ever

by Toni Dolan 11/26/2014 

The recent release of the United Way’s ALICE report on the plight of the working, low-income population in Connecticut has brought much needed attention to needs of this struggling group. The hardships of the working poor have grown exponentially in the recent economic downturn. Yet the resources available to this population have only diminished.

At the Beth-El Center, we serve families and individuals in the Milford/New Haven area who are struggling to make ends meet. Although they have jobs, they are dangerously close to a life of poverty. With 22% of Milford’s population falling into the ALICE category and another 5% living in poverty, many of our friends and neighbors are facing hardship.

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Middletown Press Middlesex United Way: 25 percent of families struggling financially

by Kevin Wilhelm 11/21/2014 

Has there been a time in your life when you struggled to make ends meet? When you avoided your landlord or carefully planned when to pay a credit card bill and when to pay your electric bill?

For some of us, this may have been our life after we got our first job or had our first child. But for many Connecticut families, the stress of living paycheck to paycheck is their life day after day, month after month and year after year.

In a report published last week, Connecticut United Ways and Rutgers University found that despite working hard, 25 percent of Connecticut households earn above the federal poverty line but under a basic cost-of-living threshold defined in the report.

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Hartford Courant Housing Is Key Leg Up For Connecticut’s Working Poor

by Alicia Woodsby 11/19/2014 

At the Partnership for Strong Communities, we like to say we’re not in the housing business, we’re in the opportunity business. We know a safe, affordable home providing access to jobs, education and needed services is a foundation a family can’t do without.

That is why we applaud the ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) issued Sunday by the 16 United Ways of Connecticut. It underscores the perilous path Connecticut is on: 474,000 households that cannot access the opportunity they need to be fulfilled, productive taxpayers.

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