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ALICE Report: 35% of CT Families Cost-Burdened

United Way of Connecticut

In November 2014, the United Way of Connecticut released the ALICE report, which states that 35% of Connecticut households are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households are those who experience significant economic challenges and struggle to afford basic necessities such as food, health care, and child care despite holding employment. The report describes that a family of four needs to earn $64,689 to just survive and meet basic needs. To achieve self-sufficiency, a family of four would need to earn $111,632 per year. One contributing factor is the high cost of housing across the state, with 50% fewer affordable rental units than renters who fall below the ALICE and poverty thresholds.  Households that meet the ALICE criteria are diverse:

  • More than 25% of households in every CT county meet the ALICE criteria
  • Over 50% of households in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, and Waterbury fall below the ALICE threshold
  • Most ALICE households are headed by someone age 25 to 64

The report offers recommendations for improving the economic conditions faced by ALICE households, including increasing the availability of affordable housing in the state, providing short-term interventions to stabilize household finances when necessary, and increasing wages and the number of medium- and high-skilled jobs.

Click here to read the full ALICE report.


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