Hartford Business Journal Report: 35 percent of CT households don’t earn enough to get by


One in 10 Connecticut households is beneath the 2012 federal poverty level, but that measure is well inadequate, according to a new report by the Connecticut United Ways and Rutgers University.

In reality, the report says, more than one in three struggles to afford the necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.

So while 141,628 households were beneath the official poverty line in 2012, another 332,817 fell beneath what the United Way calls the ALICE threshold, which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”

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