Newtown Bee Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

by Nancy K. Crevier 11/19/2014 

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, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

There have been many reports on the pressures on the middle class, said Richard Porth, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut in a conference phone call on Wednesday, November 12. The ALICE report differs in the level of detail that will allow United Way to better understand what is going on, and look at both the costs and income sides of challenges, he said.

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