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United Way Releases ALICE Report

Monday, November 17, 2014

United Way Releases Groundbreaking Study on the ALICE Population

Consider this: Thirty-five percent of households in Connecticut are on a financial tightrope, including many hard-working families who are struggling to earn enough pay to make ends meet.

On November 16, Connecticut's United Ways unveiled the statewide United Way ALICE Report, UWGW's participation was generously underwritten by Post University. The reality it documents is that 474,445 Connecticut households struggle to pay for life's basic necessities. That number includes those living in poverty and an often-overlooked population -- ALICE, a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.

ALICE works and pays taxes like the rest of us. ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren't sure if they'll be able to put dinner on the table each night. They are our childcare workers, our mechanics, our home health aides, security workers, store clerks and office assistants - all workers we cannot live without. Despite the importance of their work, it is a struggle for them to support their families on what these jobs typically pay.

We've all heard anecdotally how our social service systems have come under increased strain in recent years. The United Way ALICE Report provides the detailed analysis and data that explains why so many are struggling. For example, here's some of what we've uncovered:

• ALICE households have income above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold, described in the ALICE Report as the Household Survival Budget.
• The annual household survival budget for a family of four in Connecticut is $64,689. For a single adult it is $21,944.
• 474,445 or 35 percent of Connecticut households are in poverty (141,628) or fit the ALICE definition (332,817).
• 51 percent of jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20 per hour, which is $40,000 per year if full time.

ALICE's financial hardships affect the overall social and economic viability of our communities too. On the other hand, when ALICE households thrive, our communities and our economy are stronger.

Connecticut's United Ways invite you to be a part of the expanding dialogue around the growing illusiveness of the American dream for many working families and the ways we can come together to address the challenge. As a key United Way stakeholder, we invite you to take an advance look at the Connecticut ALICE Report, which is available now at http://alice.ctunitedway.org .

We hope you will join us in raising awareness about ALICE and stimulating a fresh conversation among community leaders about how, together, we can provide ALICE families an opportunity to succeed and pursue the American Dream.


DOWNLOAD THE REPORT:

 http://alice.ctunitedway.org/

 

 Check out VOICES for a great article by Linda Zukauskas on the ALICE report: United Way ALICE United Way Releases ALICE Report on Financial Hardship

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