Report: Half of Danbury households cannot afford basic necessities

By Zach Murdock September 2, 2018

Half of Danbury households struggle to afford the most basic necessities, from housing to food to transportation, according to a United Way report released this weekend.

Those nearly 31,000 households fall below the federal poverty line or hover just above it and qualify as United Way asset-limited, income-constrained and employed — or ALICE — households.

“Despite overall improvement in employment and gains in median income, the economic recovery in Connecticut has been uneven,” the report begins. “Many ALICE households continue to face challenges from low wages, reduced work hours, depleted savings, and increasing costs.”

Across the state, 40 percent of households — almost 540,000 — are below the poverty line or meet the ALICE criteria, the report states.

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