Monthly Archives: October 2016

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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United Way report: Many in city working, but still struggling

By Robert Storace October 13, 2016

Two years ago, United Way 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 such as food, child care, health care and transportation.

The 2016 report shows that ALICE and poverty level households together account for 38 percent of all households across the state. New Britain is well above that, with 63 percent of its households in that category. Only Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport equal or exceed New Britain’s ALICE/poverty rate.

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Report: Family of 4 must make $65,000 in Connecticut to live average life

By Tony Terzi October 13, 2016

If you’re trying to make ends meet, then Connecticut is not the state to do it in, according to a report commissioned by the United Way branches of Connecticut.

One way to reach more folks in need: creating school based food pantries, which is presently happening in several Connecticut communities.

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Number of Working Poor Families in Connecticut Rise

By Harriet Jones October 12, 2016

The proportion of people in Connecticut who are working, and yet still struggling to make ends meet has risen in the last two years. That’s according to a new study from United Way.

They’re called ALICE; that’s the shorthand for people who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. The designation comes from United Way of Connecticut, which is attempting to put a face on this group, which the charity says doesn’t receive enough recognition or help from society at large.

United Way’s latest ALICE report, says more than one in four households in the state can be described this way; 27 percent of the state’s population, up from 25 percent in its latest study in 2014. That’s more than 360,000 households, who are above the federal poverty level, but still struggling to get by.

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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.

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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