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Report: Many families living one emergency away from poverty

By Lindsay Boyle October 9, 2016

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes: You’re a mom or a dad of two children, and you’ve just unexpectedly been laid off.

You manage to quickly find a job that nets you about $450 a month, but it’s nothing compared to what you and your partner used to pull in. Still, you’re managing to scrape by, in part by giving up the fresh food you used to purchase.

Then your car’s brakes give out. If you get them fixed, you’ll be out of money for the month, and it’s only the 12th.

Continue reading: theday.com


Local households not making ends meet

By Susan Corica October 11, 2016

Families struggling to meet basic needs are becoming more prevalent in the Nutmeg State, and particularly in cities like Bristol.

Two years ago, United Ways introduced the ALICE [Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed] Report to highlight the increasing number of state residents who are working but are having trouble paying for basic necessities like food, child care, health care and transportation.

Continue reading: The Bristol Press


Report: 38 percent of Connecticut residents can’t meet basic needs

By Mark Zaretsky October 9, 2016

Two years after a United Way report found that 35 percent of Connecticut households were struggling, we are two years farther away from the Great Recession — but the percentage of families earning below a basic survival budget in Connecticut has grown a bit, a new report says.

The updated ALICE Report found that 65 percent of the households in New Haven were either below the poverty line or fit the definition for ALICE, compared to 74 percent in Hartford, 63 percent in both Bridgeport and Waterbury, 55 percent in New London, 52 percent in Meriden, 42 percent in Danbury and 35 percent in Stamford. Elsewhere in the state, Middletown and Torrington were 36 percent and 43 percent, respectively.

Continue reading: New Haven Register


Our View: Making it When the odds are against you

October 12, 2016

Connecticut is generally considered a wealthy state- which leaves a lot of people feeling left out. Sure there are mansions on the Gold Coast and prosperity in some of the suburbs surrounding Hartford. But they don’t tell the whole story.

The percentage of people who don’t make enough to pay for an “annual survival budget” is now 38 percent, according to the United Way’s most recent ALICE, or Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed report.

Continue reading: New Britain Herald


Households struggling to make ends meet increases in Connecticut

By Ryan Blessing October 9, 2016

More households in Connecticut are struggling just to make ends meet, according to a new report released today by the United Way.The updated ALICE report says both the number and percentage of households in Connecticut struggling to pay for their most basic needs increased from 2012 to 2014. More than one out of four households in one of the wealthiest states are employed, yet still fall below what is needed to thrive financially, according to the report. ALICE is an acronym for those described as Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed, according to the United Way.

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Report: Quarter Of State Residents Without Federal Assistance Still Struggling To Get By

By Mara Lee October 9, 2016

United Way has issued its second report — the first came out two years ago — to remind people that there are a substantial number of families with earnings or retirement income above federal poverty level, but barely enough to meet basic necessities. About a quarter of Connecticut households fall into that category, which the United Way calls ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. A single person earning up to $22,656 could be in that category, while a family of four, including two children in need of full-time day care, would need $70,788 for a “survival budget,” the report said. Since the census showed the median income for a single mother in Connecticut in 2015 was $41,014, there are plenty of families in this paycheck-to-paycheck life.

Continue reading: Hartford Courant


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.

Continue reading: Courant.com


Newtown Bee The Minimal Effect Of The Minimum Wage Hike

1/16/2015 

On the other hand, even when the hourly minimum wage reaches its apex in January 2017, it will still leave workers with their heads barely above the poverty line.

According to a 121-page report issued by United Way of Connecticut this past November, 51 percent of Connecticut wage earners earn less than $20 per hour, or $40,000 a year, full time. Those working poor are what the United Way report called the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE population. What is referred to in the ALICE report as the Household Survival Budget suggests that in Newtown, where 15 percent of households fall below the ALICE threshold, a single adult would need to earn at least $10.32 per hour, full time, to afford the essentials of life. A family of four needs full-time employment totaling an hourly wage of $31.80 per hour.

Continue reading: NewtownBee.com


Newtown Bee Year In Review: Notable Moments Of 2014

by Nancy Crevier 1/3/2015 

United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, it was revealed, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

Continue reading: NewtownBee.com


Hartford Courant The 25 Most Popular Stories on Courant.com in 2014

by Ryan Cane and Russell Blair 12/31/2014 

The Courant published thousands of stories this year. Here are the 25 that were read the most on Courant.com:
10. Report: 25 Percent Of Connecticut Households Above Federal Poverty Level But Struggle To Meet Basic Needs
A report from the Connecticut United Ways said that about 25% of the state’s households are above the federal poverty level but have earnings or retirement income that is barely enough to meet basic necessities. The piece followed two local women — a millennial working two jobs and a single mom, who after years of struggling to make ends meet landed a quality job.

Continue reading: Courant.com