ALICE in the News

Hartford Courant State’s Cost of Living Leaves Many Short

by Susan Dunn 11/23/2014  The American dream is that if you work hard, you can expect to get ahead financially. For most of us, that means you can save money, buy a reliable car, purchase a home if you want, afford quality child care, send your children to college, handle unexpected expenses, pay for your family’s health care and take family vacations. But as John Lennon reportedly said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” That is exactly what happened to my family more than two decades ago. My husband’s business closed, he wanted to go back to school to prepare for a new career, we had three school-age children and a mortgage. I suddenly found that my full-time income qualified… Read More »Hartford Courant State’s Cost of Living Leaves Many Short

Greenwich Time Rutgers: A paycheck away from homelessness

by Alma Rutgers 11/21/2014  Who is ALICE? We all know and encounter ALICE everyday. ALICE provides services we depend upon. ALICE could be a secretary, salesperson, food service worker, nursing assistant, landscaper, cleaning person, or personal care aide. ALICE is an acronym for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” ALICE households are working households whose members hold jobs that do not pay enough to afford basic necessities: housing, childcare, food, health care, and transportation. ALICE households have incomes above the U.S. poverty level but below the bare minimum for economic survival in a given area. ALICE households, together with poverty households, constitute a population that’s in a constant struggle to make ends meet. “They are in perpetual danger of falling into homelessness,” said Jason Shaplen, CEO… Read More »Greenwich Time Rutgers: A paycheck away from homelessness

Middletown Press Middlesex United Way: 25 percent of families struggling financially

by Kevin Wilhelm 11/21/2014  Has there been a time in your life when you struggled to make ends meet? When you avoided your landlord or carefully planned when to pay a credit card bill and when to pay your electric bill? For some of us, this may have been our life after we got our first job or had our first child. But for many Connecticut families, the stress of living paycheck to paycheck is their life day after day, month after month and year after year. In a report published last week, Connecticut United Ways and Rutgers University found that despite working hard, 25 percent of Connecticut households earn above the federal poverty line but under a basic cost-of-living threshold defined in the report.… Read More »Middletown Press Middlesex United Way: 25 percent of families struggling financially

Trumbull Times Who is ALICE? Report looks at struggling families in state, Fairfield County

by Kate Czaplinski 11/21/2014  A report released this week by the United Way of Connecticut is shedding light on the large number of hard-working families in the state that are still struggling to make ends meet. United Way released the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Study of Financial Hardship, showing that 474,445 households in the state are unable to pay for the costs of basic household needs in Connecticut. The report was done by United Way’s research partner, Rutgers University. ALICE is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, according to Richard Porth, president and CEO of the United Way of Connecticut, using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. census and the American Community Survey. The… Read More »Trumbull Times Who is ALICE? Report looks at struggling families in state, Fairfield County

The Hour United Way unveils study that identifies region’s working poor

by Robin Sattler 11/21/2014  Bonnee Pecquex is one of many in Connecticut who represent the changing face of poverty. The 51-year-old Wilton resident is a divorced mother of three who struggles to work three jobs to support her family and in doing so, earns more than the official U.S. poverty level, but less than what she needs to support the basic cost of living. “I fall between the cracks,” Pecquex said. “I’m actually not sure there are any programs out there that can even help me…I’ve been told that I’m not poor enough.” Pecquex, however, is not alone. Continue reading:

The Day United Way report identifies hurdles for the working poor

by Ann Baldelli 11/21/2014  Housing and child care are two of the biggest hurdles for the working poor, as low-paid employees across southeastern Connecticut struggle to stay financially afloat in a state where 51 percent of the jobs pay less than $20 an hour. That was one of many points highlighted Friday at the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s “Redefining a Hardworking America” program that attracted about 80 people concerned about the financial hardships faced by 26 percent of the population in New London County. Continue reading:

Norwich Bulletin United Way report sheds light on new face of poverty in Connecticut

by Elizabeth Regan 11/21/2014  A new report designed to give a face – and a name – to financial hardship in the state was introduced Friday by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut at its Ledyard headquarters. ALICE – an acronym for the Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed demographic – quantifies the households who live in the underserved gap between the poverty line and the cost-of-living threshold. It takes a wage of $32 an hour for a family of four to meet the demands of a basic household budget, according to Rick Porth, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Connecticut. In New London County, 34 percent of households live below that threshold. Continue reading:

Newtown Bee Having and Not Having

11/20/2014  When the holidays get started in earnest next week, the town will again embark on a season of heightened sensibilities with a celebration of Thanksgiving. Elsewhere, the fulsome holiday spectacle of twinkling lights and jingling cash registers seems to go a little farther over the top with every passing year. But in Newtown the sense of what we have, etched as it is in high relief by what we have lost, has an authentic value worthy of our deepest thanks. It is this extra awareness of the fragile boundary between having and not having that made a report this week by the United Way of Connecticut about the extent of economic suffering in this affluent state, county, and town so unsettling. The United Way… Read More »Newtown Bee Having and Not Having

Hartford Courant Housing Is Key Leg Up For Connecticut’s Working Poor

by Alicia Woodsby 11/19/2014  At the Partnership for Strong Communities, we like to say we’re not in the housing business, we’re in the opportunity business. We know a safe, affordable home providing access to jobs, education and needed services is a foundation a family can’t do without. That is why we applaud the ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) issued Sunday by the 16 United Ways of Connecticut. It underscores the perilous path Connecticut is on: 474,000 households that cannot access the opportunity they need to be fulfilled, productive taxpayers. Continue reading:

Voices United Way Releases ALICE Report on Financial Hardship

by Linda Zukauskas 11/19/2014  United Way of Greater Waterbury has worked with other United Ways to release a study that reveals 35 percent or 474,445 of Connecticut households are unable to pay for the costs of basic household needs. Continue reading: | PDF