Easton Courier Help ALICE

12/7/2014  This fall Connecticut United Way released the first statewide ALICE Report, a data-driven, comprehensive research project that quantifies the situation confronting many low-income working families across the state in urban, suburban and rural communities. ALICE — a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed — is an often overlooked population composed of men and women of all ages and races who work hard but still face financial hardship. The report documents that the number of Connecticut households unable to afford all of life’s basic necessities far exceeds the official federal poverty statistics. In Connecticut, 25% of all households have earnings above the federal poverty level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold defined in the United Way ALICE Report. Together with the… Read More »Easton Courier Help ALICE

WTIC-1080AM Community Connections Radio

11/29/2014 The Connecticut ALICE Report. Tune in to 1080AM for a discussion of ALICE in our communities. Listen/Download | Stream Online

RNNTV Richard French Live

11/28/2014 Kim Morgan (CEO, United Way of Western Connecticut) speaks with Richard French about the ALICE Report.

News12 Focus on Connecticut

11/27/2014 Donna Pfrommer (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County) and Trish Kallman speak with Tom Appleby of News12 about the Connecticut ALICE Report.

Hartford Courant Working Poor Need A Boost More Than Ever

by Toni Dolan 11/26/2014  The recent release of the United Way’s ALICE report on the plight of the working, low-income population in Connecticut has brought much needed attention to needs of this struggling group. The hardships of the working poor have grown exponentially in the recent economic downturn. Yet the resources available to this population have only diminished. At the Beth-El Center, we serve families and individuals in the Milford/New Haven area who are struggling to make ends meet. Although they have jobs, they are dangerously close to a life of poverty. With 22% of Milford’s population falling into the ALICE category and another 5% living in poverty, many of our friends and neighbors are facing hardship. Continue reading:

WATR-1320AM Radio Interview with Tom Chute

11/25/2014 Tom Chute (WATR 1320-AM)discusses the United Way ALICE report with Don Mroz, Ph.D. (President, Post University), Kristen Jacoby (President/CPO, United Way of Greater Waterbury), and Joann Reynolds-Balanda (VP of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Waterbury).

The Day Problems known, solutions more elusive

11/25/2014  On the campaign trail in September, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a series of initiatives aimed at encouraging job creation and business growth, along with more state investment in affordable housing. We agreed with those proposals then. Now, in the wake of a detailed United Way report showing that financial struggles are startlingly and stubbornly pervasive throughout the state, the need for those initiatives has taken on a sense of absolute urgency. The United Way’s study of financial hardship in the state focused specifically on a segment of the population labeled as ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. While 10 percent of the state’s population is officially designated as living in poverty, more than a third of Connecticut’s families struggle to afford the… Read More »The Day Problems known, solutions more elusive

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