Do You Know ALICE?

November 3, 2016

United Ways across the state recently released an update to the groundbreaking A.L.I.C.E. Report first issued in November 2014. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – a household with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. In 2014, United Ways in Connecticut, along with United Ways in four other states, released state-specific reports to put a face on working families who struggle financially. Two years later United Ways in 15 states are now reporting on ALICE in their states. Since the release of the initial ALICE Report in 2014, there is some good news – 49% of jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20 per hour compared to 51% in the initial report. The not-so-good news is that at $20 per hour, a full-time job grosses about $40,000 per year, which is 57% of the annual income needed for survival by a family of four in our state.

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United Way Looks Ahead

By Michael Gagne October 27, 2016

According to its new ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report, 38 percent of Connecticut households are in financial hardship. That figure includes those households where the total income falls below the federal poverty line and the demographic that the United Way refers to as ALICE. While incomes in those households are above the federal poverty line, it’s still a struggle for those households to make ends meet, as their budgets fall below the state’s basic cost-of-living threshold.

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United Way Releases ’16 Report

October 26, 2016

According to the study, ALICE families live above the poverty line but earn less than the Household Survival Budget, bare bones budget for basic needs. The report said, “In releasing the ALICE Update Report, we seek to help explain why more families are struggling financially, and to understand what is underneath this challenge, what are the root causes, and what strategies can work to help ALICE families move toward financial security.”

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Mayors’ Economic Forum, United Way Report: A Picture of Opportunity and Struggle

October 13, 2016

The United Way ALICE Report, in a 2016 update for CT, uses the latest data from 2014 to look at ALICE (an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), households that earn more than the U.S. poverty level … but less than the basic cost of living for their state.

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United Way to provide more financial literacy services to area’s neediest

By Mackenzie Rigg October 13, 2016

For several years, the United Way of Western Connecticut has provided financial literacy classes to the region’s neediest residents to help them get on their feet. In an effort to expand these services, the United Way created its “Financial Opportunity Center,” which has partnered with three area social service agencies to deliver more financial literacy courses and budget coaching throughout the region. Grants totaling $74,000 were awarded to three nonprofits — $15,000 to The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO) in Danbury; $39,000 to the Women’s Business Development Council and $20,000 to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, both in Stamford.

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Study shows many Norwalk families live paycheck to paycheck

By Rob Ryser and Kaitlyn Krasselt October 10, 2016

The formula of hard work and fortitude that has helped generations of Americans achieve their dreams is not working for hundreds of thousands of families in Connecticut. The reason: the rising cost of living is outrunning wages in western Connecticut and across the state at such a pace that 27 percent of working families now live paycheck to paycheck, without being able to afford basic necessities, according to a study released Sunday by the United Way. Combined with the 11 percent of Connecticut households that the federal government defines as living in poverty, the new figures show that 38 percent of families across the state cannot make ends meet.

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Number of working poor increasing

By Mike Patrick October 9, 2016

Ten years ago, Donna McCullouch had a decent job at IBM and a rented house in Watertown where as a single mother she raised her 12-year-old son. When IBM downsized, McCullouch was laid off. The company invited her to apply for any other position it had open, but without a college degree, she qualified for none. She applied for job after job, with little luck.

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ALICE is in Your Town: Report Finds that Every CT Town has ALICE Households

October 24, 2016

According to the recently updated United Way ALICE Report – Connecticut, both the number and percentage of households in Connecticut struggling to pay for their most basic needs increased from the years 2012 to 2014. Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation per capita, yet every city and town has ALICE households. These are households where income falls below what is needed to thrive financially, despite the fact that family members are employed. Wages simply don’t cover the cost of living. Of all households in the state with family members who are employed, one in four are ALICE households.

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Report: CT households still struggling to make ends meet

By Patricia Daddona October 11, 2016

More than one in four individuals in Connecticut households work while earning less than what is needed to thrive financially, according to the latest United Way ALICE Report.

Two years ago, United Way introduced ALICE, which stands for – Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed – to place a spotlight on a large population of residents in Connecticut, a wealthier state, who are working, but have difficulty affording the basic necessities.

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Upcoming Trick or Trot Run raises money for homeless shelter

By Jill Dion October 18, 2016

ALICE, a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

“One crisis does it, because they’re so close to the edge,” Dolan said.

Last year saw 350 people sign up for the Trick or Trot Run to help raise money for the shelter.

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