ALICE in the News

Newtown Bee Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

by Nancy K. Crevier 11/19/2014  United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges. There have been many reports on the pressures on the middle class, said Richard Porth, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut in a conference phone call on Wednesday, November 12. The ALICE report differs in the level of detail that will allow United Way to better understand what is… Read More »Newtown Bee Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

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

HanRadio CoffeeBreak

11/18/2014 Richard Porth of the United Way of Connecticut tells us about the ALICE Report, which found a half million people in Connecticut who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. They are hardworking residents who still struggle to make ends meet. Listen here: HanRadio.com 11/19/2014 A woman who is living among the half million Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed detailed in the United Way’s ALICE Report shares her story. Listen here: HanRadio.com

CT Post Rescue Mission will help family

by Frank Juliano, 11/18/2014  A Milford family faced with choosing between buying food and paying bills will get help from a Bridgeport social service agency. The Bridgeport Rescue Mission will provide the Kallmanns a turkey with all of the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and warm coats for the family of five. Continue reading: PDF

Record-Journal Report: 35 percent of state families struggling

by Mary Ellen Godin, 11/18/2014  An increasing number of state families live in a financial danger zone that forces them to make risky choices, which might harm their finances, health and safety, according to a United Way/Rutgers University report released this week. “Connecticut’s official poverty rate of 10 percent obscures the true magnitude of financial instability across the state,” according to a summary of the 122-page report. “Using the realistic measures of the financial survival threshold for each county in Connecticut, the report reveals a far larger problem than previously identified.” Continue reading: MyRecordJournal.com

Milford Patch Report: Significant Number of Milford Residents Struggling to Make Ends Meet

by Brian McCready 11/17/2014  According to a new report released by the United Way, 5 percent of Milford’s households live in poverty, but a staggering 22 percent of city households live below the state’s basic cost-of-living threshold. This is taken directly from the United Way report: The ALICE study reports that the annual household survival budget for the average family of four (two adults, one toddler and one infant) in Milford is $66,088 and for a single adult it is $24,618. Even with one of the highest median hourly wages in the country, 51 percent of jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20/hour ($40,000/year if full time). Continue reading: Patch.com

Milford Mirror United Way says 22% of residents earn less than the state’s basic cost of living threshold

11/17/2014  Milford’s United Way says the American Dream is slipping away for many residents because they are not earning enough to live a middle class lifestyle. “The American Dream is that if you work hard, you can expect to get ahead financially,” Gary Johnson, United Way director, said in a press release. “For most of us, that means you can save money; buy a reliable car; purchase a home if you want; afford quality childcare; send your children to college; handle unexpected expenses; pay for your family’s health care; and take family vacations.” Continue reading: MilfordMirror.com

Republican-American ALICE Program helps those above limits for help

by Mike Patrick, 11/17/2014  When there’s not enough money at the end of the month to pay for groceries, Rosemarie Mastroianni-Lopez said, difficult choices need to be made. “I’ve had to come up with some pretty creative dinners; I don’t know how I came out of the pantry with them,” she said. “If I haven’t been able to go shopping in a month and a half and I have to pay the light bill, I have to prioritize. Food is the first thing to go, because that’s the easiest.” Continue reading: HartfordBusiness.com | PDF

Hartford Business Journal Report: 35 percent of CT households don’t earn enough to get by

11/17/2014  One in 10 Connecticut households is beneath the 2012 federal poverty level, but that measure is well inadequate, according to a new report by the Connecticut United Ways and Rutgers University. In reality, the report says, more than one in three struggles to afford the necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. So while 141,628 households were beneath the official poverty line in 2012, another 332,817 fell beneath what the United Way calls the ALICE threshold, which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” Continue reading: HartfordBusiness.com

New Haven Independent 58 Percent of City Households Fail to Make Ends Meet

by Markeshia Ricks, 11/17/2014  You know ALICE. ALICE prepares your food at your favorite restaurant and then brings it out to your table. ALICE cleans your kid’s school and occasionally your house. ALICE isn’t a person, but all the people who help make your life a little better even if their jobs never make their lives better, or help them get a peek at the American Dream. ALICE is an acronym the United Way of Connecticut is using to describe households that are “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” The agency has issued a new report that shows that nearly half a million state households, or 35 percent, struggle to pay for five survival basics: housing, child care, food, healthcare and transportation. Continue reading: NewHavenIndependent.org