Norwich Bulletin

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: NorwichBulletin.com

Norwich Bulletin Study Shows 25 percent of Connecticut households qualify as ALICE

by Elizabeth Regan, 11/16/2014  Although Connecticut has a reputation as one of the wealthiest states in America, a report released today found that 25 percent of households statewide fall into the category of the working poor. In New London County, it’s 26 percent in which households struggle to make ends meet despite holding down jobs that keep them above the poverty level, the report says. Continue reading: NorwichBulletin.com