United Way column: Even those who are working can be financially vulnerable

By Virginia Mason August 17, 2018

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. It is a project of United Ways in a growing number of states: Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Connecticut was one of the first three states to join the pilot project started in Morris County, New Jersey.

From a start-up effort of the United Way of Northern New Jersey, it has grown a network of over 450 United Ways and a national effort of 15 states. Shortly, a new Connecticut research report on the progress being made will be released.

The exhaustive report of 2017 on the consequences of insufficient income was designed to help United Ways and states to understand the struggles and needs of the ALICE community. The new report of 2018 is providing updated perspective based on accurate research which involves representatives from participating states. Matthew Krzyzek, representing the Connecticut Department of Labor serves on the National ALICE Research Advisory Committee. The collaborative model used by the 15 representatives from states participating in the project has insured that issues and consequences described in the report and those of all the states are included.

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