Housing One of the Top Concerns for ALICE Households

by Richard J. Porth 1/19/2016 Every day people across Connecticut call 2-1-1 to ask for help with housing problems.  In fact, housing-related concerns, including homelessness, represent the #1 service request at 2-1-1.  This is the result in large part of Connecticut’s comparatively high housing costs.  As the Partnership for Strong Communities documents in its “Housing in Connecticut 2015” report, Connecticut is 6th in national ranking of median monthly housing costs. United Ways in Connecticut recently released a report on financial hardship for hard working people who still struggle to make ends meet – known as ALICE – Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.  The ALICE Report documents over 276,000 renters in Connecticut with income below the ALICE Household Survival Budget – which quantifies the costs of… Read More »Housing One of the Top Concerns for ALICE Households

The ALICE Report: Income Too Low, Housing Costs Too High

by Richard J. Porth 11/18/2014  In a newly issued report on financial hardship in Connecticut prepared for Connecticut United Ways (and United Ways in five other states), Rutgers University researchers found that 51% of all Connecticut jobs pay less than $20/hour. Compare this to the calculation by the National Low Income Housing Coalition determining that Connecticut renters have to earn more than $23/hour to afford a typical two-bedroom unit without spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Housing is the single largest – and least flexible – expense in most family budgets. Analysts agree that housing should cost no more than 30-33% of your income. However, many Connecticut families spend as much as 50% of their income on housing, leaving too few dollars… Read More »The ALICE Report: Income Too Low, Housing Costs Too High