Report: Quarter Of State Residents Without Federal Assistance Still Struggling To Get By

By Mara Lee October 9, 2016

United Way has issued its second report — the first came out two years ago — to remind people that there are a substantial number of families with earnings or retirement income above federal poverty level, but barely enough to meet basic necessities. About a quarter of Connecticut households fall into that category, which the United Way calls ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. A single person earning up to $22,656 could be in that category, while a family of four, including two children in need of full-time day care, would need $70,788 for a “survival budget,” the report said. Since the census showed the median income for a single mother in Connecticut in 2015 was $41,014, there are plenty of families in this paycheck-to-paycheck life.

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