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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