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Middletown Press Middlesex United Way: A year in review, and thank you

by Kevin Wilhelm 12/26/2014  In 2014, Connecticut United Ways also released the ALICE Report on financial hardship in Connecticut. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The report revealed that 20 percent of Middlesex County families earn above the federal poverty threshold but are still unable to afford the basics. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four is about $24,000, yet this does not even begin to reflect the cost of living in Connecticut. The minimum cost of basic necessities like housing, food, health care, childcare, and transportation will run a family of four $64,689 a year, yet 51 percent of all Connecticut jobs pay less than $20 an hour — or slightly more than $40,000 annually. Continue reading: MiddletownPress.com

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